The American Red Cross says there continues to be a “critical blood shortage,” even after a call for blood donations in July.
The American Red Cross is once again issuing a cry of help for any eligible donors to give now and help them reach the needs of patients throughout the rest of the summer.
Currently, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand, which is the minimum the Red Cross maintains in order to meet the patients needs. Unexpected emergencies can deplete the supply quicker, making it essential for more than a five-day blood supply being stored.
“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives,” said Tammy Nakamura, external communications manager of the Lewis & Clark Blood Services Region, in a press release. “We are grateful for those who have already stepped up this summer to give and want to remind those who are eligible that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve.”
The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide relief for victims of disaster; it provides 40 percent of the nation’s blood.
To encourage people to donate, the Red Cross will email donors a $5 Amazon gift card claim code to say thank you to those who donate between July 25 and Aug. 31. They need all blood types.
If you are eligible to donate blood, you can find a location near you at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPassonline health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times. Below is the schedule for Utah County blood donation centers for the American Red Cross: