Letter, Opinion

Blood donations fall short


Dear Editor, 

The American Red Cross experienced a concerning shortfall in blood and platelet donations last month. The Red Cross collected over 26,000 fewer blood donations than needed in May to meet the needs of patients. The need for blood is constant, with someone needing a blood transfusion in the U.S. every two seconds. Platelet donors are especially needed at this time. The public can help ensure a strong blood supply this summer by making and keeping an appointment to give. 

All who come to give in June will get a $10 gift card to a merchant of their choice, and they’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a backyard theater.

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, a day meant to raise awareness of the need for a safe, diverse and stable blood supply and to recognize blood donors. This is the perfect time to give!

Jennifer Costa

Regional Communications Director, Red Cross 

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