Red Cross in desperate need of blood donors

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There’s a desperate need for blood donors. The American Red Cross has faced a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations this summer.

Red Cross officials say donations are down nearly 20 percent. This could lead to a seasonal shortage—which can affect patients in hospitals all across the country. Type O negative blood donors are especially needed now.

“This is a concerning trend that may soon make it tougher to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves,” said Paul Sullivan, Red Cross senior vice president of donor services. “By choosing a time to give now, donors can help pump up the blood supply for those in immediate need of lifesaving care and those who rely on transfusions for treatment.”

Donors need to make an appointment to give in August to help prevent a blood shortage. By doing so, they will be entered to win a $10 e-gift card.

Donors can schedule an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).