Red Cross

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the Red Cross is asking eligible doors to give blood or platelets to help kids, teens and young adults battling cancer; as well as others in need of transfusions.

Ronnika McFall is a spokesperson with the organization.

The American Red Cross is calling on eligible donors as the agency is facing an urgent need for blood donations. Spokesperson Ronnika McFall says as the state opens up, more units are needed, but the pandemic is resulting in reduced collections.

“As hospitals schedule surgical procedures and treatments that were previously on hold in response to COVID-19, the demand for blood has increased,” according to McFall. “Blood drives continue to cancel due to COVID-19.”

The Red Cross is teaming up with the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 movie which is due in theaters in October.

The Red Cross is now testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. Ronnika McFall is a spokesperson with the American Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross began testing all blood, platelets and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, the antibody test is authorized by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.”

Red Cross: Critical Need for African-American Donors

May 15, 2020

The Red Cross is once again issuing a call for African-Americans to donate blood. The organization says they are critically needed to support sickle cell patients during the coronavirus pandemic. Ronnika McFall says having a diverse group of donors is essential in meeting specific needs.

“Blood transfused to patients with rare blood types like those with Sickle Cell must be matched very closely to reduce the risk of complications.”

McFall says blood transfusions can greatly improve the quality of life for Sickle Cell patients.

The Red Cross says African-American blood donors are critically needed to help patients battling Sickle Cell Anemia. Donor numbers have dropped by more than half since mid-March. According to Red Cross spokesperson Ronnika McFall says there are several reasons for the decline.

“Understandably, we believe this number has decreased in large part due to blood drive cancelations at businesses, churches and schools; as well as a disproportionate COVID-19 infection rate for African-Americans compared to other ethnicities,” according to McFall.