Red Cross Issues Emergency Due To Shortage

AMERICAN RED CROSS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER: "WE NEED THE PUBLIC’S HELP TODAY TO ENSURE WE HAVE ENOUGH BLOOD TO MEET THESE DIRE NEEDS.”

(CNN) – The American Red Cross needs your help!

The agency issued an “emergency need” for eligible individuals of all blood types.

Currently blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

There were fewer blood donors and blood drives last week due to the 4th of July holiday which the Red Cross says may have resulted in as many as 17,000 fewer blood donations.

According the American Red Cross website every two seconds, someone needs blood and every 30 seconds, someone needs platelets in the United States.

You can schedule your blood donation appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org.

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