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Red Cross: Donors Needed Now To Address Historically Low Blood Supply

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Another plea from the American Red Cross: Donors are needed now to address the historically low blood supply. There are upcoming blood donation opportunities December 17th to January 2nd.

Another plea from the American Red Cross: Donors are needed now to address the historically low blood supply. There are upcoming blood donation opportunities December 17th to January 2nd.

Nearly two years into the pandemic, the nation is gathering for celebrations this holiday season and the American Red Cross is encouraging people to give a gift that could possibly be life-saving. The Red Cross provides 40 percent of the country’s blood and right now is facing historically low blood supply levels.

“The blood supply level we’ve seen is the lowest it’s been in a decade.”

That’s Meghan Lehman, Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross. She says its critical that anyone considering giving blood comes out and gives.

“We have serious concerns as the holiday season is upon us and typically donors don’t prioritize giving blood, but this is a special situation.”

The Red Cross says if more donors do not come forward to give blood some patients requiring a transfusion, may potentially face delays in care and across the country some elective surgeries have even had to be cancelled.

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Donor App or visiting Red Crossblood.org. There are numerous upcoming blood donation opportunities December 17th to January second in West Michigan, including Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. Lehman says the process is easy. Just again, go to redcrossblood.org, put in your zip code to find the nearest location. She adds it could be life changing.

“Giving blood is a relatively easy way to make a huge impact on the community. One blood donation can save up to 3 lives. So that’s huge for one hour of your time. You walk in and give your blood, you walk out and know you potentially helped save a life.”