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American Red Cross asking for donations due to blood shortage

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The American Red Cross is asking for people to consider donating blood due to a blood shortage.

The Red Cross says it received about 15,000 fewer donations the week of Independence Day as more than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities.

The Red Cross is asking people to consider making a donation appointment now to help save lives.

“Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it’s critical that people donate now to meet these needs,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Whether you’ve never donated or give a couple of times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on.”

The Red Cross said the need is critical for type O blood donors. Type O is the most in-demand blood type and often the first be depleted from hospital shelves during a shortage. Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

To find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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