Red Cross experiencing critical blood shortage

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The Red Cross needs your help. It is running low on blood donations. 
 
Rich Woodruff from the Utah Red Cross explains how much of a difference you can make. 
 
The American Red Cross issued an emergency appeal Friday asking eligible blood and platelet donors to give as soon as possible.
 
Right now, Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
 
Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw-down of its overall blood supply.
 
“Summer is one of the most challenging seasons to collect enough blood, but patients need blood no matter what time of year it is.”
 
Eligible blood donors are urged to schedule a donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

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