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Donors needed: Red Cross warns of 'blood emergency'

Posted at 1:49 PM, Jul 09, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — The American Red Cross is warning of a "blood emergency" after a difficult Fourth of July week, the organization said on Tuesday morning.

The Red Cross said it has less than a three-day supply for most blood types and less than a two-day supply of type O blood.

"About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holiday with activities and travel," a news release said.

Because of that, it led to 17,000 fewer donations than normal.

“Blood is only available when generous blood and platelet donors roll up a sleeve to give, and right now, all donors – especially those give have never given or haven’t given in a while – are urged to make an appointment to give today,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services.

To donate, you are urged to visit or to call 800-733-2767.

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