N_tice _nything missing? A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal, but for a hospital patient who needs type A, B or O blood, these letters mean life.
As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign to raise awareness of the need for new blood donors – and those who haven’t given in a while – to donate and help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients in need. You may notice A’s, B’s and O’s – representing the main blood groups – missing from signage, websites, social media and other public-facing platforms to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays.
The sad fact is that blood shortages are not uncommon in the U.S. and other parts of the world. But they can be prevented when more people roll up a sleeve to give.
When blood types go missing
“You never know whose life you might be saving,” Stephanie Aholt told a group of Red Cross supporters and media gathered for a news conference to kick-off the Missing Types campaign in Cleveland. Her two-year old son, Benjamin, lives with hemophilia B. Just three days after his birth, Benjamin had lost more than 10% of his birth weight.
“He was bleeding to death, and was in critical condition,” she said. “Benjamin needed several units of blood and blood products. Without the donations he received, he would not be alive today.”
The news conference was held in the law offices of Jones Day, which has been hosting regularly scheduled blood drives for the past 20 years. “In that time, our lawyers and staff have donated thousands of pints, most recently just two weeks ago,” said Paula Batt Wilson, Administrative Partner for Jones Day’s Cleveland office and active Red Cross Blood Services volunteer.
Join the movement
- Recruit new donors – Encourage a friend or family member to roll up a sleeve too.
- Spread the word –
- Take a photo with one of these selfie signs and post it to your social media along with the message “I am the #MissingType.”
- Write out your name with the A’s, B’s and O’s missing on the “blank” selfie sign, and take a photo with it. (Underscores are recommended. Example: _meric_n Red Cr_ss)
- Visit RedCrossBlood.org to a Missing Types message on your social mediaWhat to expect at your donationGiving blood is simple. Commit about an hour of your day to help save a life.
- Registration – Sign in, show your ID and read the required information.
- Health check – Answer questions and receive a mini-physical.
- Donation – Giving a pint of blood takes about 8-10 minutes.
- Refreshments – Enjoy some snacks and relax before resuming your day.
Y_u _re the #MissingType p_tients need. Don’t wait until the letters A, B and O go missing from the hospital shelves. Schedule your appointment to give now.