American Red Cross in desperate need of blood donors

Massachusetts

The American Red Cross is desperate for blood donors.

After a tough 4th of July week for blood donations, the American Red Cross is now facing an emergency blood shortage. 

During the week of July 4th, There were 550 fewer blood drives than an average week across the U.S.

The Red Cross said that’s the equivalent of collecting no blood for an entire day. Many Americans traditionally take vacation that week making for fewer donors.

“We need to have it in advance of an incident so we need people to consistently donate and we have a great source of donors but in the summer we have a stretched supply,” Executive Director from the Red Cross of Western Massachusetts, Jen Garutti said. 

There is a serious need for type O blood. Type O negative is the most common blood type. It’s called “the universal donor,” because it can be given to any patient.

Chicopee resident Jacklyn Felton is O negative. She was giving blood at the Red Cross of Western Massachusetts in Springfield Wednesday. She said she knows the importance of giving blood to those in need.

“Forbid it should happen to me or anyone I know or a loved one. I would want someone to donate for someone if they ever needed it, so it feels good,” Felton said. 

Another reason why donors are needed; 20% of blood donations comes from school blood drives, and school is out for the summer.

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