Red Cross Faces 'Critical' Blood Shortage, Calls For Donations

Red Cross calls for donations amid blood shortage

According to the organization, they have received 61,000 fewer donations than what they need for their blood supply. Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker.

"It's crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood", said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross, in a press release issued Monday. Below are a number of blood donation opportunities in the Chicago area from July 5-25. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Donors can schedule an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.

Brittany Scalise donating platelets with the American Red Cross.

The Independence Day holiday and summer vacation plans often impact donation numbers.

Red Cross calls for donations amid blood shortage

"There is no substitute for blood you can only get it from a human body, so to keep patients safe and well in the hospital after surgery after accident we need to have blood there for them", Judy Granger of the American Red Cross said.

If you would like to donate blood, come out to our station at 2807 Hershberger Road today.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive.

"Even the most committed donors can forget to make time to give blood during the busy summer season", said Wilson.




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