The American Red Cross has launched the Missing Types campaign to raise awareness for lifesaving blood donations and urge the public to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this summer.

During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the letters representing the main blood groups – are disappearing from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role blood donors play in helping patients.

Blood transfusion is the fourth most common inpatient hospital procedure in the United States. Blood can only come from volunteer blood donors, yet only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood.

“Just last month, the Red Cross experienced a critical shortage of type O blood. When this happens, medical procedures could be delayed because blood products are not available,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “That’s why we are asking those eligible to help fill the missing types by making a donation appointment today. Don’t wait for the letters A, B and O to go missing from hospital shelves again.”

Donors can help fill the missing types by making an appointment to give by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/MissingTypes, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood drives in Bedford and Blair counties include: 12:30 to 6 p.m., June 13, Bedford American Legion, 3721 Business Route 220; 1:30 to 6 p.m., June 14, Blair Family Solutions, 1310 Valley View Blvd., Altoona; noon to 6 p.m., June 18, Altoona Blood Donation Center, 415 Orchard Ave.; 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., June 21, P. Joseph Lehman Consulting Engineers, 117 Olde Farm Office Road, Suite 113, Duncansville; noon to 6 p.m., June 25, Altoona Blood Donation Center, 415 Orchard Ave; 12:30 to 6 p.m., June 25, Peoples Natural Gas Field, 1000 Park Ave., Altoona; 12:30 to 5 p.m., June 26, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 175 Graybill Road, Osterburg; 1:30 to 6 p.m., June 27, New Enterprise Church of the Brethren, 3729 Brumbaugh Road; 2:30 to 7 p.m., June 28, Shawnee Valley Fire Hall, 3885 Pitt St., Schellsburg; 12:30 to 6 p.m., June 28, Woodbury Faith United Methodist Church, 133 Main St.

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