Red Cross requests more donations after emergency call

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The American RedCross emergency call for blood donors for the summer months resulted inthousands of donations, but officials say they still need platelet donors, anddonors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

Representativeswith the American Red Cross say the blood products are distributed almost asquickly as the donations are received.

"We are gratefulto the donors who have rolled up a sleeve to give blood or platelets to the RedCross in the last couple of weeks, but our work is not over," Darrin Greenlee,chief executive officer for the Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region said."The need for blood is constant. As July comes to a close and August begins, weask eligible donors to please give blood or platelets as soon as possible."

The Red Crossreceived about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected in June.

Since theJuly 9 emergency call, donations have increased by about 15 percent.

"The summeris historically one of the most difficult times of year for blood and plateletdonations," Greenlee said.  "Many donors are still enjoying summer activities,but patients are unable to take a vacation from needing lifesavingtransfusions."

Blood andplatelet donations are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgerypatients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for canceror sickle cell disease.

According to anAmerican Red Cross news release, the Arizona Blood Services Region needsapproximately 300 donors every day.

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