American Red Cross issues emergency call due to blood shortage

May 14, 2014. Murray, Utah. Photo by Amanda Romney/American Red Cross


July 5, 2017
Written by: Christy Bollinger

The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors of all blood types.

The drive received 61,000 fewer donations in the last two months, which in issue caused a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. This shortage is equivalent to the drive not having any blood donations for more than four days.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director of Red Cross Blood Services. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”

Summer months often lead to shortage. This is because most regular donors are going on vacations and participating in summer activities so they delay giving blood. Now would be the perfect time for new donors or those who haven’t given in awhile to step up and help save some lives.

The Red Cross needs to collect around 14,000 blood donations daily for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, use the free Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS. The Red Cross added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots for the next few weeks in hopes of getting more donors.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities from July 5-25

7/5/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway Bluffton
7/6/2017: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Ridgeland Baptist Church, 1448 Grays Highway Ridgeland
7/14/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hilton Head Honda, 161 Fording Island Road Bluffton
7/18/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sun City, 114 Sun City Lane Bluffton
7/20/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hilton Head Island Town Hall, 1 Town Center Court Hilton Head
7/21/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Golis Family Jewelers, 1008 Fording Island Road Bluffton


For more information about American Red Cross and the emergency call, visit or, or visit their Twitter page at @RedCross.

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