ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Summer is always hard on blood banks. People get busy and don’t think about scheduling a donation. But the American Red Cross says their blood supply has reached emergency levels this year with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June.
The Red Cross says they have half the blood products on hand now than they had at this time last year.
The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors to give as soon as possible. All blo types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.
An unseasonably early start to spring and accompanying activities may be a contributing factor to this year’s decrease in donations. In addition, there are fewer scheduled blood drives with this year’s mid-week Independence Day holiday.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
You can also donate to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. To schedule an appointment, you can use their online scheduling system or call them at (800) 747-5401. Visit their website: bloodcenter.org