Red Cross: Blood supply facing stress, donors needed


A concerning shortfall in blood donations last month could stress the American Red Cross blood supply.

The Red Cross collected 26,000 fewer blood donations than needed in May to meet the needs of patients, according to a news release.

The need for blood is constant with someone needing a blood transfusion in the U.S. every 2 seconds. Platelet donors are especially needed at this time. The public can help ensure continuity for patients by making an appointment to give blood or platelets now and in the weeks ahead.

Wednesday is World Blood Donor Day, a day meant to raise awareness of the need for a safe, diverse and stable blood supply and to recognize volunteer blood donors. This is the perfect time to give, especially for those who haven’t given in awhile or who have never given before.

In thanks for taking time to help, all who come to give blood, platelets or plasma between June 1 and 30 will receive a $10 gift card by email to a merchant of their choice. Those who come to give throughout June also will be automatically entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package. Details for both offers can be found at

Help the Red Cross celebrate World Blood Donor Day and meet the critical needs of patients. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 800-733-2767 to schedule a time to give now at a blood drive near you.

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.

Volunteers also can serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For information and to apply for either position, contact or visit

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.

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