Donation Shortfall May Impact Blood Supply – American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has witnessed a 25,000 blood donor shortfall in the first two months of the summer, making it difficult to maintain hospital shelves stocked with crucial blood supplies. Donors who schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets in August can help preserve the national blood supply from running out.

The Red Cross is currently in desperate need of type O negative, type O positive, type B negative, and type A negative blood donors, as well as platelet donors. Making a donation is an easy approach for folks who don’t know their blood type to learn this crucial personal health information. Soon after giving blood, the Red Cross will tell new donors of their blood type.

The Red Cross needs donors now. Schedule an appointment to give by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

All who come to give throughout the month of August will get a $10 e-gift card to a movie merchant of their choice. Details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through Aug. 31 may be found by entering your zip-code at

How to donate blood

To make an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Amplify your impact − volunteer!  

A stable blood and platelet supply is critical to national preparedness. Additionally, as we approach the beginning of what is expected to be another active hurricane season, the Red Cross urges everyone to get ready now and consider becoming a volunteer to help people affected by the growing number of climate-driven disasters.

Support impacted communities by assisting at Red Cross shelters, using your professional skills as a licensed health care provider or becoming a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. To learn more, visit

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