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Red Cross in desperate need of blood donations

Red Cross in desperate need of blood donations

The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donations of all blood types due to a shortage of donations in recent months.

Some 61,000 fewer donations were given during the last two months, causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply nationally. Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker.

Donations can also be made to Blood Connection's Heart of a Patriot Blood Drive through Saturday at Anderson Mall.

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

There is a critical blood shortage, according to Joe Zydio, Red Cross external communications manager of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. "We rely on volunteer donors, and so the blood is used to treat cancer patients, trauma patients, organ transplants, burn victims, you name it". 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. Almost 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday.

Donors need to schedule appointments to give blood, by going online at redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.

"I like to say even though you may take a vacation, the need for blood doesn't", said Mauger.

Donation appointments are encouraged to reduce possible wait times at blood donation sites. The 4th of July holiday and summer vacation plans can impact donation numbers as well.

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