Red Cross facing chronic blood shortage

There is a chronic blood shortage as donations are down and all blood types are needed

There is a chronic blood shortage as donations are down and all blood types are needed

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The American Red Cross is now experiencing a severe blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations.

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Comptroller Darlene Green will host a Red Cross Charles Drew Blood Drive 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Wednesday, August 16 in Room 208 of City Hall, 1200 Market St. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. The Red Cross is the only blood bank that also provides disaster response and safety services that the community relies on. First, about 70 percent of African Americans have blood type O or B, and these are the blood types that are most in demand. Donors can also complete pre-reading and health history questions online at Red Cross RapidPass and print out the form on the day of the blood drive.

"We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs".

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The Red Cross is offering individuals who donate blood in August a $5 Target e-gift card.

All donors are welcome at the blood drive.

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