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Red Cross issues emergency request for donations

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The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for both platelet and blood donors Tuesday.  After donations dropped last month, the Red Cross is now asking for your help. Donations last month were down about 10% and that results in about 50,000 fewer donations than what the Red Cross was expecting.  Officials say without donations soon, patients needing transfusions could be the ones suffering.  

Joseph Machmer became a regular blood and platelet donor after blood donations saved his grandfather.

"I've had family where they needed the blood to survive, it was life or death and it came down to that. So I felt like my body is good enough for it, I'm healthy enough," he said.  

Right now, area hospitals like Hannibal Regional have not faced a shortage...but lab director Barbara Parkhill fears that could change in a heartbeat.

"It is a concern because people are traveling, sometimes travel leads to accidents where people will need blood so it is a concern," Parkhill said.  

Beth Forbes with the American Red Cross says if donations don't rise soon, it might not be long before the blood shortage affects hospitals.
"So even though we may be ok right now, that doesn't mean we won't be ok in a few weeks and that doesn't mean they're not ok somewhere else in the United States," she said. 

Forbes says she's grateful for each donation, but the Red Cross is pleading for more, whether it's blood or platelets.    

"Maybe if they only donate once or twice a year or haven't donated in awhile, now is the time to come because now we're in the situation where we desperately need the product," Forbes said.  

"How I look at it is that could be your family member that needs that blood that someone is giving or you would be giving, so there going to need it later on in their life," Machmer said. 

The next blood drive in the area is at the American Red Cross in Quincy from 1-7 on July 11th.  Here's a complete list of when the next blood drive is in your area.  

Adams County

July 11 from 1-7 p.m. at American Red Cross, 3000 N. 23rd St. in Quincy, Ill.

July 18 from 1-7 p.m. at American Red Cross, 3000 N. 23rd St. in Quincy, Ill.

July 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lowe's, 6030 Broadway St. in Quincy, Ill.

July 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lutheran Church of St. John, 3340 State St. in Quincy, Ill.


Cass County

July 23 from 12-6 p.m. at VFW Post 1239, 610 E. Fourth St. in Beardstown, Ill.


Clark County

July 18 from 12-6 p.m. at Kahoka Christian Church, Highway 81 North in Kahoka, Mo.


Hancock County

July 10 from 12-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 701 Wabash Ave. in Carthage, Ill.


Lee County

July 12 from 12-6 p.m. at Pilot Grove Bank, 516 Main St. in Donnellson, Iowa

July 13 from 2:30-6 p.m. at Family Video, 1121 Main St. in Keokuk, Iowa

July 18 from 12-6 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church, 719 Ave. F in Fort Madison, Iowa

July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 2030 Plank Rd., in Keokuk, Iowa -Platelet donations only. Platelet donations taken by appointment only.

July 20 from 8-11:30 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church, 719 Avenue F in Fort Madison, Iowa - Platelet donations only. Platelet donations taken by appointment only.


Marion County

July 1 from 12-6 p.m. at Msgr Farischon Hall, 400 S. Lane St. in Palmyra, Mo.

July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Community Center, 2999 County Road 13 in Philadelphia, Mo.

July 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 1 Columbus Road in Hannibal, Mo.


Schuyler County

July 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital, 238 S. Congress in Rushville, Ill.


Van Buren County

July 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 406 Cass in Keosauqua, Iowa

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