American Red Cross experiences a blood shortage; calls for people to donate all types

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PEORIA, Ill.–The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and needs donors.

This comes after the nonprofit did not receive many donations during the Fourth of July week.

Hundreds of fewer blood drives were organized by volunteers that week.

The American Red Cross prefers to have a five day supply of blood at all times and currently they have less than a three day supply at their Peoria location.

“Every two seconds in America someone needs blood. So when only 3/100 people donate blood, that need rises and it elevates in the summer months when people are busy and traveling, they’re traveling outside of the country, that’s why these shelves are looking the way they are,” said American Red Cross Account Manager Ellen Mickels.

“We’re on an appeal now and we encourage anyone with type O, A and B negative to donate power red which we actually get double the red cells and those are good for 42 days on the shelf,” Mickels said.

If you’re interested in donating, you can head to the American Red Cross’ donation website or through its’ Red Cross Donor App.

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