Local Blood Centers Need More Donations Amidst Blood Shortage

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The Red Cross needs your help.

Donations during the summer months usually drop, especially after the Fourth of July holiday.

More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and community groups last week than normal.

That means 15,000 fewer donations.

Hospitals aren’t receiving donations fast enough which means your donations are more crucial now more than ever.

“People are traveling or regular donators are traveling, they’re out enjoying summer vacations,” says Debbie Mylener, Red Cross donor recruiter. “So we do not have some donors coming in. We are hoping that people who have never donated or maybe they’ve donated three times a year will come in.”

Demand is highest for type O blood donors.

To donate you can use the free Red Cross Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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