Urgent blood shortage prompts emergency donation call

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) A national American Red Cross blood shortage prompts an emergency call for donations.

The SOS is for all eligible blood and platelet donors to give immediately.

The shortage turned critical last Monday, with little relief during a difficult time of year.

More than half the seats remained at the Red Cross of Utah blood donation center in Murray. One seat was filled by Stephen Voshell. He made it a point to give Monday afternoon.

“There are people like the first responders and military who do their part. I’m over the hill so my part is donating blood,” Voshell said. 

National donations fell short of expectations since May, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed, according to the non-profit. In other words, it’s like the Red Cross went four days without a single donation. 

“We are in a little bit of a tight spot right now. We have hit urgent need,” Red Cross of Utah Representative Sheri Van Bibber said. 

Historically, national donations slow during summer months with regular donors delaying opportunities because of vacations and hectic schedules. This happens while summer injuries require more blood donations.

“We want people that have lapsed in donating or haven’t donated, first-time donors, or people who haven’t donated in a while,” Van Bibber said. 

“It takes so little time to save a person’s life. It’s probably worth it,” Voshell said.

All blood types and platelet donations are badly needed. 

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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