Quantcast

Pittsburg Responds to National Blood Shortage - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg Responds to National Blood Shortage

Updated:
PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

There's a reason the Red Cross and blood banks across the country are always in need of blood.

"What most people don't understand is blood is like a gallon of milk. It's perishable. It has a shelf life, anywhere from 45 to 60 days, and after that it cannot be used. It must be replenished," said Red Cross Volunteer Coordinator Paul Lyle.

But with ice and snow having canceled hundreds of blood drives across the country, the Red Cross estimates 13,000 desperately needed blood and platelet donations have gone uncollected.

"Where you're going to find critical need for blood is the situation (Tuesday) in Kentucky where we had a school shooting, where you had a mass shooting out in Nevada, where you had a train accident out in the state of Washington," said Lyle.

Fortunately, the people of Pittsburg are stepping up. There were 70 donation appointments at Wednesday's two day blood drive at the Frisco Event Center, with another 50 scheduled for Thursday. Paul Lyle also has his own personal reason for volunteering.

"The reason I do this: When I was in Vietnam, I needed four units of whole blood too, and thanks to the Red Cross, it was there for me," said Lyle. 

Walk-ins are welcome if you'd like to donate at Pittsburg's Frisco Event Center. On January 24th, they'll be collecting blood from 8:30 AM to 2 PM.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Joplin City Council Member Steps Down After Revelations of Drug Convictions

    Joplin City Council Member Steps Down After Revelations of Drug Convictions

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 8:39 PM EDT2018-04-19 00:39:58 GMT

    Newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has resigned from council. Bard confirmed to KOAM that his resignation is connected to a drug conviction from 2005.  Mayor Gary Shaw tells us the council will begin accepting applications for a new council member, and that member will be selected by the council. He hopes to address the now vacant seat as early as the next meeting.   

    More >>

    Newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has resigned from council. Bard confirmed to KOAM that his resignation is connected to a drug conviction from 2005.  Mayor Gary Shaw tells us the council will begin accepting applications for a new council member, and that member will be selected by the council. He hopes to address the now vacant seat as early as the next meeting.   

    More >>
  • High Ranking Republican in Missouri Senate Joins List of People Calling for Governor Greitens to Resign or Be Impeached

    High Ranking Republican in Missouri Senate Joins List of People Calling for Governor Greitens to Resign or Be Impeached

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-04-18 23:29:01 GMT

    "...you guys are experiencing something that has never happened before in the State of Missouri."

    More >>

    "...you guys are experiencing something that has never happened before in the State of Missouri."

    More >>
  • Away for the Day Initiative Pushes Middle School Cellphone Ban

    Away for the Day Initiative Pushes Middle School Cellphone Ban

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 7:04 PM EDT2018-04-18 23:04:24 GMT

          An initiative called "Away for the Day" is trying to eliminate cellphones from middle schools   by providing research for parents and teachers  to get schools to ban them. 

    More >>

          An initiative called "Away for the Day" is trying to eliminate cellphones from middle schools   by providing research for parents and teachers  to get schools to ban them. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.