Created: 08/15/2014 12:02 PM WHEC.com
Officials with the American Red Cross say there is an urgent need for donors of all blood types.
In the month of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of nearly eight-percent in the number of donors, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was expected. However, official say the blood is being distributed as quickly as donations are coming in.
"The Red Cross is grateful for those who stepped up to give this lifesaving gift and reminds eligible donors that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve," said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO for the Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Service Region. "As summer draws to a close, you still have the chance to give hope to patients in need."
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time.
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.