Red Cross calls for donations amid blood shortage

Posted July 06, 2017

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage, and is issuing an emergency call for donors to help save lives.

According to the Red Cross, blood donations have fallen short over the past two months.

Donations normally go down in summer because there are fewer blood drives, especially at schools, and the worst time in summer is around the Fourth of July, the Red Cross said.

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"It's crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood", said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross, in a press release issued Monday.

Donations can also be made to Blood Connection's Heart of a Patriot Blood Drive through Saturday at Anderson Mall. "We rely on volunteer donors, and so the blood is used to treat cancer patients, trauma patients, organ transplants, burn victims, you name it".

"Blood can't be manufactured", said Mauger. The Red Cross must collect almost 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

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You can make an appointment by going to redcrossblood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

New donors and those that haven't donated in awhile are encouraged to do so as well.

If you would like to donate blood, come out to our station at 2807 Hershberger Road today. The Red Cross has added about 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to help accommodate an influx of donors.

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