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Red Cross calls for donations amid ongoing blood shortage


A historically low blood supply has the American Red Cross urging eligible donors to give to avoid the specter of hospitals having to hold off on blood and platelet transfusions or elective surgeries.

Ruby Ramirez is the Regional Communications Manager for the Red Cross of Georgia.

“The lowest blood inventory that we've seen in over a decade… comes amidst the time of year when donations do typically fall with holiday get-togethers and school breaks and inclement weather," Ramirez said. 

Ramirez says all eligible donors are welcome to give, regardless of vaccination status.

“If you've been vaccinated, or if you haven't been vaccinated, it doesn't really matter what vaccination you have," Ramirez said. "We’re accepting all donations so whether you have had it or haven’t, we're welcoming everyone to come out and donate.”

COVID protocols are in place at donation sites. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-Red Cross, that’s 800-733-2767. Those who give in January are entered to win a Super Bowl getaway and other items.

The Red Cross provides 40% of the nation’s blood supply. The organization needs 13,000 donations daily nationally, with more than 550 needed every day in Georgia.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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