American Red Cross Puts Out Urgent Call for Blood

American Red Cross Puts Out Urgent Call for Blood

The American Red Cross is again putting out a call for blood and platelet donors. All blood types are needed. Eyewitness News Reporter Sharon Gaeta has more.
Bloomsburg, Columbia County- Tuesday, dozens of donors rolled up their sleeves to give blood at Bloomsburg University.

 
  During the summer, they often face blood shortages, so they're putting out an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.
  If numbers continue to decline, it could put the American Red Cross in an emergency situation.

 

  Donations are down eight percent over the past eleven weeks, meaning 80 thousand less donors.
 A main reason... School is out, which counts for a significant amount of blood collections.

 
"80 percent of those donors that go to a school drive don't donate and then factor in the July 4th weekend and the way it fell there weren't a lot  of blood drives scheduled over that time." said Colin Riccobon of the American Red Cross

That's why the American Red Cross teams us with universities, where there is a constant flow of people in the summer.
 If you would like to schedule an appointment call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

 
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