A's B's and O's have disappeared - Red Cross seeks the Missing Types

What if A, B and O vanished?

American Red Cross Seeking Blood Donors

"Every 2 seconds someone on the US needs blood", said Congressman G.K.Butterfield during the announcement of the missing letter campaign. Right now, the blood bank's stock is below that minimum, according to the release.

The third annual Vincent Jones Memorial Blood Drive in Eaton will renew the tribute to blood donors that helped a young father battling leukemia live long enough to see the birth of his son. Yet patients don't get a vacation from needing lifesaving blood during the summer months.

As part of the new "Missing Types" campaign, the letters A, B, and O - used to identify blood types - are disappearing across the country and around the world from well-recognized logos, signs and websites beginning June 11. "We have incredible donors who come regularly to give blood. Because you never know when you or someone you know is in desperate need of the blood", Iverson said.

Dr Moeti drew attention to the kind gestures of regular and voluntary blood donors for patients in need, and encouraged people to care for one another by donating blood.

"Out of South Africa's population of 56-million people, only about 1% donate blood regularly. But the truth is blood is needed every two seconds in the United States". All South Africans can join in by temporarily deleting the As, Bs and Os from their social media handles. "We're calling on everyone to do what they can to spread the word, host a blood drive or simply take an hour out of their day to donate".

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Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec).

Blood donations for all blood types are critically low.

First launched in 2016, the NZ Blood Service Donor App was created to enhance the donor experience by placing the power to save lives directly in the palm of the donor's hand.

McGuire noted the Red Cross suggests people should make sure they have a full stomach and aren't dehydrated if they plan on donating.

For more information and more donation sites and time Visit RedCrossBlood.org/MissingTypes to schedule your blood donation appointment today.

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