blood shortage

Red Cross Issuing Urgent Call for Blood Donors

Jul 10, 2018

An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O.

The agency escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations.

Communications manager Ronnika McFall says several hundred fewer drives were held due to the July 4th holiday weekend.

“More than 550 fewer blood drives were held the week of the 4th of July than a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities.’

Red Cross facing Critical Blood Shortage

Jul 25, 2017

Despite issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors earlier this month, and thousands of people responding, the American Red Cross continues to face a critical blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urged to give now.

Kristen Stancil is Communications Manager with the agency, she says there was a 30 percent increase in blood donation appoints through the middle of the month, but blood products are constantly being distributed so more donations are needed to replenish the blood supply.