With blood supplies at a critically low level, the American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for donations.
“Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply,” the Red Cross said in a statement to the media. “The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors.
Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.