Red Cross: critical need for blood donors

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. 

The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

Union County area residents can help to meet the demand at a blood drive which is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the First Baptist Church in Anna.

The Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. 

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.

The Gazette-Democrat

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