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In early July the American Red Cross announced a severe blood and platelet shortage, and thousands responded to the emergency. Still, there continues to be an urgent need for donors of all blood types, especially type O.  The need for type O blood is very important, it plays a vital role in ongoing patient care and emergencies.  Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type.  Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient.  The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood.  “Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Alana Mauger, communications manager of the Penn Jersey Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.” Located below is a list of places and times you can donate blood in Marlton 08053.

8/17/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Virtua Health-Lippincott Campus, 303 Lippincott Drive

8/21/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wiley Church, 101 E. Main St.

8/28/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300

8/30/2018: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Virtua Health-Marlton, 90 Brick Road

09/17/2018: 2p.m. – 7:p.m., Gibson House Community Center, 535 E. Main Street

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  If you have any questions please call.  Age and good health are evaluated prior to donations.

Donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give now using the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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