The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.
Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply. In addition, the Independence Day holiday may have caused many regular donors to postpone donations due to vacation plans.
The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive in Vincennes today (Wednesday) at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall on Felt King Road from 2 to 7 pm. There will also be blood drives coming up on July 26th at the Upper Indiana Presbyterian Church and New Hope Christian Center on July 28th in Bridgeport, Illinois.