Red Cross Issues Blood Donation Alert

American Red Cross employee Bob Otwell prepares blood products for distribution to hospitals. (2017 file photo by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross)

The American Red Cross has issued a Blood Donation Alert.

The agency is facing a severe blood shortage after a significant shortfall in donations in September and October. With the holidays right around the corner, which historically bring a further decline in donations, blood and platelet donors and volunteer blood drive hosts are urgently needed to avoid delays in medical treatments now and throughout winter.

The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all types to give now and help ensure patients won’t face a delay in lifesaving medical care. Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

Help restock the shelves right now! Use the Blood Donor App, visit Red-Cross-Blood-dot-org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.