Red Cross issues “emergency blood shortage,” urgent call for donors

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Every two seconds a person in the United State is in need of a blood transfusion.

On Monday, the American Red Cross issued an emergency blood shortage announcement.

The Red Cross told News 3 this means the national supply of blood isn’t keeping up with the demand. To help close the gap that widens during the summer months when people are traveling and school isn’t typically in session, the call has been issued for donors.

On Monday, a Red Cross blood drive was held in Richmond Hill. The team exceeded its goal but says the need in never ending.

“Every 54 days blood will perish. So we need a constant replenishment of that blood,” Account Manager Carrie Friend said.

WSAV spoke to several donors including a few who shared why they chose to give.

“You just never know when somebody might need your blood,” one law enforcement officer said.

If you missed Monday’s drive there is another drive scheduled in Savannah for Friday.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Place: Coldwell Banker, 6349 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31405

To sign up and find out more about becoming a donor, click here.

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