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Red Cross issues emergency donation request

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types.

According to Red Cross representatives, blood donations were down 10 percent in June, which amounts to 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The organization had the same shortfall this time last year.

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

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

During the school year, high school and college donations account for nearly 20 percent of total Red Cross blood donations.

The American Red Cross Arizona Blood Region aims to have approximately 300 people give blood every day.

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

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

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