Blood Drives Scheduled for Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties
LANSING, Mich. – July 16, 2012 – The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region
announces the emergency need for blood and platelet donors and is calling on all eligible individuals to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible.
The national blood supply has reached emergency levels, with 50,000 fewer donations than expected last month across the country. This shortfall leaves about half as much readily available blood products than at this time last year.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. There is an emergency need for all blood types – especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative – in order to meet patient demand this summer. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. This is especially important when doctors are put in an emergency situation when there is no time to match a patient’s blood type.
The Red Cross went on a national appeal for blood donors last July and the support received after the call to action helped rebuild and maintain a healthy blood supply at that time. Red Cross officials hope that eligible donors make blood donation a part of their summer plans so that the nation’s blood supply can rebuild once again.
Make donating blood a part of your summer plans by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.
to see upcoming donation locations and times in the Lansing area.