WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A low blood supply forced the Red Cross issued an emergency call to action just a few weeks ago.
"We have seen thousands of donors respond to that call to action, which is the good news, but there is still an urgent need for types O negative, A negative, and B negative blood," Jecoliah Ellis, Spokesperson for the American Red Cross, explained.
She also said all blood types are still needed to keep up the supply.
Each time you donate one unit of blood, you could save up to three lives, according to the Red Cross.
Kerry Hackett, from Ludlow, gives blood every year. He encouraged his wife and daughters to also help save a life. He told 22News the process is too easy not to do it.
"Not to be afraid, it's very easy. To me it's like relaxing a little while here while I donate," Hackett said while he donated his blood.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The blood donated will help save the lives of accident or trauma victims, transplant patients, or kids suffering from a life-threatening illness.
19-year-old Mike Schnyder is a first time blood donor. He told 22News he was shocked at how quickly the donation was done and at how rewarding it felt afterwards.
"It's a good sense for you too, because it's like you know you're helping out someone. It's like if someone really needs the blood then you know that you're helping them out," Schnyder said.
The blood drive will go until 7 o'clock Wednesday evening and there is always a chance for you to donate with the help of the Red Cross.
You must be 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental consent.
You must weigh at least 110lbs.
You must have healthy iron levels.
You must have photo I.D.