Donation shortfall may impact national blood supply

MEDFORD,  Ore. – The American Red Cross says a blood donation shortfall at the start of the summer is making it difficult to keep the national blood supply from falling to shortage levels.

Right now, the Red Cross says it especially needs type O negative, type O positive, type B negative, and type A negative blood donors.

For those who do not know their blood type, the Red Cross says it will notify new donors of their blood type soon after giving blood.

There are multiple upcoming blood donation opportunities in Southern Oregon, including

  • August 16 at The Terrace, 1200 Mira Mar, Medford, OR 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • August 18 at Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive, Suite 102, Medford, OR 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • August 24 at Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive, Suite 102, Medford, OR 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Red Cross says anyone who gives blood through the month of August will get a $10 e-gift card to a movie merchant of their choice.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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