Red Cross: Blood donations still needed to replenish supply

The American Red Cross is still low on blood donations after a serious shortage this summer, said Christy McPeters, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross.

The organization reached a critical blood shortage in the beginning of July and sent out an emergency call for blood donations.

As of September, the Red Cross still needed 10,000 more donations to replenish its blood supply, reported the Kokomo Tribune.

While blood donations usually dip in the summer due to school breaks and people going on vacation, new Zika blood donor rules also contributed to the low supply.

"September is National Preparedness Month and we urge eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets," said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.


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