Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations, especially type O

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The American Red Cross is in the midst of an severe blood shortage, prompting a call for eligible individuals of all blood types, especially type O, to consider donating, reports TMJ 4.

Businesses and community groups held 550 fewer blood drives during the week of July Fourth, which equates to about 15,000 fewer donations, according to the Red Cross. As a result, the organization is supplying blood donations to hospitals faster than they are receiving them.

"Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it's critical that people donate now to meet these needs," said Laura McGuire, a spokesperson for Red Cross Blood Services.

All blood types are needed, but type O blood is most in-demand, as it is the universal donor type and often the first depleted from hospital stockrooms during a shortage.

"Whether you've never donated or give a couple of times a year, you're needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on," Ms. McGuire told TMJ 4.

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