Red Cross issues emergency donation request - Tucson News Now

Red Cross issues emergency donation request

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The American RedCross has issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of allblood types.

According to RedCross representatives, blood donations were down 10 percent in June, which amountsto 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The organization had the sameshortfall this time last year.

"We are countingon generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," DarrinGreenlee, CEO for the Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region said. "Every twoseconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short,less blood is available for these patients in need."

The public candonate at the Broadway Blood Donation Center at 7135E. Broadway, and the Foothills Blood Donation Center at 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.through July 14. Both locations offer extended operating hours.

During theschool year, high school and college donations account for nearly 20 percent oftotal Red Cross blood donations.

The American RedCross Arizona Blood Region aims to have approximately 300 people give bloodevery day.

They also needsa steady supply of platelet donations. They are a key blood clotting componentoften needed by cancer patients and need to be transfused within five days ofdonation, according to the Red Cross.

For more informationor to make a donor appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

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