Red Cross urging for donations as blood shortage continues

Red Cross urging for donations as blood shortage continues

Red Cross urging for donations as blood shortage continues

The American Red Cross is now experiencing a severe blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross mad an emergency appeal for donor of all blood types in July, which resulted in a 30 percent increase in donation appointments.

As a special incentive, those who give blood or platelets from now until August 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

The American Red Cross says donors can help ensure patients get the donations they desperately need. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. To locate a drive near you log onto http://www.redcrossblood.org/ or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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All donors are welcome at the blood drive.

The blood drive is named in honor of Dr. Charles Drew, the African-American physician who pioneered the American Red Cross system of blood banking. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. - T.T.

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