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Red Cross issues immediate call for blood, platelet donations

The American Red Cross is looking for donors because it is facing a severe blood shortage since donations have been down this fall.

During September and October, the Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed.

The American Red Cross said that fewer blood drives in September and October coupled with hurricanes Michael and Florence, which caused thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected, were key contributing factors to the current blood shortage.

“This time of year, as many give thanks for family, friends and good health, it’s important to remember that patients across the country cannot survive without your generosity,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “From traumas to ongoing cancer treatments, the need for blood doesn’t stop for the holidays. People can give back – and help those in need – by making a lifesaving blood or platelet donation now and hosting a blood drive in the weeks to come.”

Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to donate at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

There will a blood drive at Chesapeake High School will have a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 20.

To encourage donations, the Red Cross Nov. 21-24 will give donors a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.