Facing looming shortage, American Red Cross puts out urgent call for donors

Hoping to prevent a summer blood shortage, the American Red Cross has put out an urgent call to donors.

Donations were down by almost 2,000 per month in June and July, compared with the previous 10 months.

“Summer blood shortages are not uncommon, but they can be prevented when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,” Red Cross Blood Services Senior Communications Director Nick Gehrig said in a press release Tuesday. “Many donors have already given this summer. We’re now asking donors who haven’t donated, and those who are eligible again, to make an appointment to give now to help ensure blood products are available for patients.”

They’re seeking eligible donors who have O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood donors, as well as platelet donors.

Schedule a donation by calling 1-800-733-2767, or visit the website redcrossblood.org.