Red Cross: severe shortage of type O blood


HBO, Red Cross partner to offer sweepstakes, T-shirts to donors and ‘Game of Thrones’ fans

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors, as well as eligible blood donors of all blood types, to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter.

Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O-negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O-positive blood is also especially needed because it is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Individuals of all blood types, especially type O, are asked to make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting or calling 1-800-RED-CROS (1-800-733-2767).

HBO, Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to bleed #ForTheThrone

To celebrate the final season of “Game of Thrones,” HBO and the Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to bleed #ForTheThrone this March. This is the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in Red Cross history, with six days of coordinated giving from March 7-12 from fans and blood donors at blood drives in 43 states across the U.S., including an immersive blood drive experience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

As part of the partnership, fans who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through March 17 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five trips to the season-eight world premiere of “Game of Thrones.” The trip includes travel for two, up to two nights hotel accommodations and a $250 gift card for expenses.

Terms and conditions apply. Sweepstakes is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the United States, physically located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and at least the age of majority or older (which is 18 in most states but is 19 in Alabama and Nebraska and 21 in Mississippi) at the time of entry. A valid email address is required. There is a limit of four total entries per entrant, regardless of method of entry, during the sweepstakes period. Winners will be selected and notified by email on or around March 20, 2019. Each potential prize winner will have 24 hours from the time of the email to respond to notification of winning and accept the prize; failure to respond within 24 hours will result in disqualification and an alternate potential prize winner will then be selected in the same manner, time permitting. This offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes began on February 19, 2019, and ends on March 17, 2019. All gift cards are subject to individual merchant terms and conditions, and all trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Additionally, those who come to donate from March 7-12 will also receive exclusive “Game of Thrones” swag including a T-shirt, stickers to unlock a unique Snapchat filter and other items, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities


• March 4, 12-6 p.m., Goodview Trinity Lutheran, 820 37th Avenue


• March 4, 12-6 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 East Sarnia

• March 6, 12-6 p.m., Express Suites River Port Inn, 900 Bruski Drive

• March 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Winona Family Y, 207 Winona Street

• March 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Winona Family Y, 207 Winona Street

• March 18, 1-6 p.m., Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue


• March 5, 1-7 p.m., Our Savior Moravian Church, 37 Chapel Drive NW


• March 7, 1-7 p.m., St. Johns Church, 160 Williams Street

• March 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lewiston Altura High School, 100 County Highway 25


• March 8, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Ridgeway Community School, 35564 Winona County Road 12

• March 26, 1-7 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 202 South Sheridan Street

St. Charles

• March 14, 1-7 p.m., St. Charles Fire & Ambulance, 613 Church Avenue


• March 26, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., VFW, 138 Second Street

La Crescent

• March 29, 12-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA, 21 North Hill Street

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 or use the blood donor app.


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