Created: 07/22/2014 7:02 AM WHEC.com
Officials with the American Red Cross say they are facing a looming blood shortage and that means there’s an urgent need for donors of all blood types.
We're told donations through the Red Cross are down approximately eight-percent, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.
"Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO for the Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region. “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
Blood donation facts from the American Red Cross Blood Services:
There are four easy steps to donating blood:
For Red Cross eligibility guidelines and appointment scheduling, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.