Emergency blood shortage persists as patient needs continue over holiday season

Donors can provide hope; have chance to win private screening of the epic new film “The Matrix Resurrections”

As many prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and look ahead at a busy holiday season, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors across the country to harness their humanity by giving blood in the coming weeks.

As a result of low blood donor turnout in recent months, the Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year. The ongoing effects of COVID-19 and a summer spike in delta variant cases significantly challenged the nation’s blood supply heading into the fall. The pandemic also resulted in fewer blood drives at schools and colleges, contributing to a 34% drop in new blood donors from last year − one of the largest year-to-year decreases and one that could threaten essential medical care for patients.

Don’t wait. Humanity needs you to help patients enjoy all the holiday season has to offer. Make an appointment to give blood soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, all those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a private screening for the winner and 50 of their guests of the epic new film The Matrix Resurrections. Plus, those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will also get a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon.*

Those who share the warmth and make a blood donation part of their Thanksgiving plans Nov. 24-28 will receive an exclusive pair of Red Cross holiday socks, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 22-Dec. 16:




11/26/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cumberland YMCA (Riverside), 601 Kelly Road

12/6/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington Street

12/7/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grace Community Church, 1005 Bishop Walsh Road

12/8/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road S.E.


12/16/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fire Hall, 21701 Flintstone Drive



11/22/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Garrett College Career & Technology Training Center, 116 Industrial Park Drive


12/6/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grantsville Fire Hall, 178 Springs Rd

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12/14/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Deep Creek Vol Fire Company, 1906 Deep Creek Drive


12/3/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 423 Memorial Drive, PO Box 104




12/2/2021: 12:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Petersburg Church of God, 13 Myrtle Ave




11/22/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Meadowbrook Mall Bridgeport, 2399 Meadowbrook Mall Rd

11/24/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Benedum Civic Center, 164 West Main Street

12/15/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Benedum Center, 164 West Main Street


11/30/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., IBEW Local 596, 1001 N. 12th Strreet




11/23/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Police Reserve Building, 35 City View Terrace

12/1/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pleasant Valley Fire Department, 1707 Pleasant Valley Rd

12/1/2021: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 301 Fairmont Ave




12/10/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Keyser Presbyterian Church, 300 S Mineral Street

12/14/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Short Gap Fire Hall, Route 956




11/23/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 460 Courtyard Street

11/24/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 150 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive

11/26/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., RSMO Am Red Cross Morgantown, 1299 Pineview Drive, Ste 300

11/29/2021: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., WVU Health Sciences Center, 1 Medical Center Dr

12/2/2021: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Student Rec Center, 2001 Rec Center Drive

12/3/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., RSMO Am Red Cross Morgantown, 1299 Pineview Drive, Ste 300

12/3/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Defense in Depth, 1389 Earl Core Road

12/8/2021: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sabra United Methodist Church, 1234 Richwood Ave

12/9/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Francis de Sales, 1 Guthrie Lane

12/10/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., RSMO Am Red Cross Morgantown, 1299 Pineview Drive, Suite 300

12/13/2021: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Health Science Center South Tower, 1 Medical Center Drive

12/13/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chestnut Ridge Church, 2223 Cheat Road

12/16/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Westside Senior Center, 500 DuPont Road


12/2/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Shack, 357 Blue Horizon Drive, PO Box 600




12/7/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Parks and Recreations Bldg., 320 9th St


12/14/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Snowshoe Mountain Resort, 10 Snowshoe Drive




12/15/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1953 Country Club Road, P.O. Box 1210




11/29/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Blueville Church of the Nazarene, 169 Victory Ave

Health insights for donors

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.   

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About The Matrix Resurrections

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, In Association with Venus Castina Productions, The Matrix Resurrections. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.