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Red Cross Issuing Urgent Call for Blood Donors

Jul 10, 2018

An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O.

The agency escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations.

Communications manager Ronnika McFall says several hundred fewer drives were held due to the July 4th holiday weekend.

“More than 550 fewer blood drives were held the week of the 4th of July than a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities.’

Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start to summer, and it’s also the beginning of a steep decline in blood donations.

The Red Cross is issuing a call for summer blood donations, to help stave off a blood shortage this summer. The organization says while busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks often keep regular donors from giving, the need for blood remains constant.

Communications Manager Ronnika McFall says the agency’s app is aimed at making the process easier.

The holiday season is upon us and that can often mean a decrease in the blood supply, according to the American Red Cross.

The organization is asking blood and platelet donors to squeeze in a donation to help keep a ready supply. Kristen Stancil is Communications Manager with the organization. She says the need remains constant, no matter the time of year.

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter. Communications Manager Kristen Stancil says the need for blood is constant and more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

Red Cross Seeking Blood Donors

Aug 8, 2017

In spite of donors turning out for an emergency call for blood earlier this summer, the American Red Cross is still in need of blood donors of all types for platelets and blood.

"And even though we have seen a lot of donors come in and they’ve answered that call, the need continues and we are encouraging those maybe gave earlier in the summer who may be eligible again, or those who have not given yet this summer to find a donation location,” according to Kristen Stancil, Communications manager with the organization.