American Red Cross reports donation shortage

American Red Cross reports donation shortage

According to officials, this shortfall is about the same as the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

"Here in the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region, we are down approximately 1,200 donations from what we need to meet our patient demand", Communications Manager Alana Mauger said. 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.

"Blood can't be manufactured", said Mauger.

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The Red Cross said it's experiencing a critical blood shortage. Individuals who are on the fence can put their hesitations aside as they hear from Red Cross blood and platelet donors how simple it is to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.

The Red Cross says the blood shortage often worsens around the Fourth of July because there are fewer volunteer-driven blood drives during around the holiday, almost 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday. Donors can help even more people by inviting a family member, friend or co-worker to donate too.

While the shortages are routine the need for blood is constant. "And I've probably given about 20 gallons of blood over time". Additionally, summer vacations can disrupt plans for regular blood and platelet donors.

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Those interested in donating can make an appointment at the redcrossblood.org or at 1-800-733-2767.

At a donation center, the donor checks in, reads a few materials, and answers a questionnaire before going over a health-history form and physical.

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