Red Cross issues call for blood donations amid holiday season shortage


ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – It’s almost an annual holiday tradition, but one that’s not necessarily a happy one. A reminder from the Red Cross that blood supplies run low this time of year, and they need your help getting the levels back up.

The holiday season can be a joyous time for many, but for the Red Cross, when it comes to blood donations, they want you to know it’s crunch time.

The Southern Utah Chapter says it has an urgent need for blood.

 “You know there is a blood shortage during the holidays, typically every holiday season there is a shortage because you know people go on vacation,” said Cynthia De La Torre, American Red Cross Utah/Nevada Region Communications Manager.

De La Torre said a lot of their supply comes from college students, who just aren’t around to donate, and she adds it’s also a matter of weather.

“To compensate for some of the blood drives that are being canceled due to snow storms and various weather conditions,” said De La Torre.

All blood types are welcome, with one kind, O-types being especially sought after.

“During emergency surgeries- that’s what medical personnel reaches for when they don’t know what the blood type is of the patient,” said De La Torre.

De La Torre said the organization doesn’t take this call for urgency lightly.

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood so, the urgency is there. It is there during the holidays, every holiday season. So, we’re here every holiday season, you know, still trying to get that messaging out.”

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