Due to a critical blood shortage, Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to give now

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A critical shortage has American Red Cross officials urging eligible donors to give blood during the summer months.

“The summer months pretty much can be the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet collections as regular donors delay giving because they are taking vacations, or participating in certain activities with their family,” said the American Red Cross Communications Manager, Bernadette Jay.

Officials says it’s because blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. However, they say that more donations would ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient’s needs.

“I think that this is a time for everyone to get involved. The Red Cross as an organization, we have an obligation to the patients in the hospitals, and we have like 2,600 hospitals that we serve,” added Jay.

American Red Cross officials say that one blood donation can help save up to three lives, and while only 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood; they say that only eight percent actually do.

To learn where the nearest American Red Cross location, and blood drive is – click the link below:

http://www.redcross.org/give-blood

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