Red Cross Reporting Major Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross says blood supplies are dangerously low and are calling for at least one thousand donations to help ensure patient care is not delayed.

According to the Red Cross despite donors starting to return, the need for blood remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross says there is a severe blood shortage of all blood types, especially type O.

The Red Cross says they need to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.

To thank donors who help refuel the blood supply this month, those who donate from July 7 through 31 will receive a $10 Gift Card via email and will also receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). All those who donate in July will also be entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm.

You can schedule an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)