The Red Cross must collect 17,000 pints of blood every single day to meet nation wide demands. In June, 50,000 fewer donations were recieved. What’s that mean? Blood supplies have dropped to dangerously low levels in the United States.
Donations of all blood types are needed. Surgeries are often postponed if the surgeons don’t have access to blood, and transfusions won’t be available for people who need them.
The Red Cross said that the unseasonably warm weather and summer activities may have contributed to the shortage. To make matters worse, Independence Day falls in the middle of the week this July, so the number of planned blood drives has been reduced.
A pint of blood can save more than one life. To learn more about becoming a blood or platelet donor, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weight at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. To give blood, people also need a blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification.