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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 RedCrossBlood.org or to call 800-733-2767.

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