Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to help maintain diverse supply

The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.
Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population, according to the organization.
Patients who need repeated transfusions, like 11-year-old Tymia McCullough, who has sickle cell disease, must have blood that is matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.
Those interested may make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.orgRapidPass.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Long Beach include:
Oct. 1, 7:45am–1:45pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 2, 12:45pm–7pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 3, 12:45pm–7pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 4, 12:45pm–7pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 5, 1:30pm–7:30pm, Fremont Elementary, 4000 E. 4th St.
Oct. 6, 8:15am–2:30pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 7, 7:45am–2pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 8, 7:45am–1:45pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 9, 12:45pm–7pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. Oct. , 12:45pm–7pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 11, Oct. am–4pm, Long Beach City College, 4901 E. Carson St.
Oct. 11, 12:45pm–7pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 13, 8:15am–2:30pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 14, 7:45am–2pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.
Oct. 15, 7:45am–1:45pm, American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter, 3150 E 29th St.

Source: Red Cross

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