Emergency need for blood and platelet donors

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The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types. Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available.

Donations were down about 10 percent in June, resulting in approximately 50,000 fewer donations than expected. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled at the beginning of this month.

With schools out of session and many regular donors busy or on vacation, it’s important to remember that patients don’t get a break from needing blood — the need is constant.

Many people say they don’t give blood or platelets because they were never asked. Consider yourself asked! Please roll up a sleeve and donate to help patients in need during this summer shortage. For more information or to find a nearby donation opportunity, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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