WACO, Texas (July 25, 2016) — 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.
At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand, the amount that is needed at all times to meet the needs of patients and be prepared for the emergencies that often require significant volumes of donated blood products.
All blood types urgently needed
Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.
The next Red Cross Community Blood Drive will be on Monday, Aug. 1st at the First Street Church of Christ Fellowship Hall from 12:30 to 6:30pm.
For more information call 1-800-RED CROSSor visit redcrossblood.org.