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Red Cross issues emergency request for blood donations

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Posted at 9:56 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 09:56:51-04

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations to help replenish an extremely low blood supply.

Blood donations have fallen short over the past several months. Additionally, the Independence Day holiday may have caused regular donors to postpone donations due to vacation plans.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”

A recent Red Cross poll revealed that more than 75 percent of donors surveyed indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after July 4.

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

The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites to allow for more donors to make an appointment to give.