Red Cross makes emergency appeal for blood donors

After a busy Independence Day week, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donors. 

The Red Cross is asking eligible individuals of all blood types to donate to ensure a sufficient nationwide blood supply.

The organization said that the insufficient blood supply is a result of fewer blood drives being held last week due to the holiday. The agency said it is experiencing a "blood emergency" in some states, meaning there is less than a three day supply of most blood types.

"Currently blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in; blood donors are needed to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care," the Red Cross said in a news release. 

To help boost blood supply, the Red Cross has added about 8,000 appointments at blood donation centers and community blood drives nationwide.

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