The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood donors after their blood supply is at a critical low.

According to the Red Cross, there were about 61,000 fewer donations than expected were given during the past two months. The decrease in donations has caused a critical blood supply shortage.

“The decline in summer donations is causing a significant draw-down of our overall blood supply,” said Shaun Gilmore, president of the Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Every day, patients recovering from accidents or those receiving treatments for cancer or blood disorders rely on lifesaving blood products regardless of the season.”

Blood donors can schedule an appointment to give or can attend a sponsored blood donation event.

Contact the American Red Cross for more information.

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