Red Cross makes emergency call for donations

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The American Red Cross says it is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant drawdown of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”

Blood drives in Oconto County scheduled this month are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 at Oconto Falls High School, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls, and 12-5:30 p.m. July 31 at Gillett Area Ambulance, 225 W. Park St., Gillett.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.