Blood Bank looks to avert possible supply crisis during Firefly weekend

NEWARK — With thousands having descended on The Woodlands in Dover for this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival, the Blood Bank of Delmarva is looking for donors to help avert a potential crisis in blood supplies.

The Blood Bank is facing a critical shortage in types O and A blood, both Rh Positive and Negative.

Heading into this weekend, a few traumas this week depleted an already precarious blood supply to around a two-day supply of O Positive, O Negative, A Positive and A Negative products. Hospitals, especially those in Kent County, are anxious with the influx of people coming to Firefly and the increased chances that accidents may occur.

BBD began its Summer Blood Drive in late May, which is said is a challenging time to collect blood.

It loses its’ college and high school blood drives that account for 20 percent of the blood collected during the school year. Meanwhile, more people are on vacation and don’t have time to give blood. Compounding the challenge is the fact that more people are active in the summertime, including Firefly.

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is asking anyone has never donated blood or has not donated in a while to come in. The Blood Bank said it needs 350 donors daily to ensure the 19 hospitals in the Delmarva Peninsula are adequately supplied to deal with emergencies.
The Blood Bank of Delmarva serves all the hospitals in the Delmarva Peninsula and has donor centers in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; Christiana; Dover; and Salisbury, Maryland.

It is urging donors to walk in to any of its centers or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 to make an appointment. Donors can also make an appointment online at https://donate.bbd.org/.

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