Letter, Opinion

Red Cross has urgent need for blood

Dear Editor,

As workplaces, college campuses and schools temporarily close or urge remote work in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the impacts are being felt throughout the community and even the blood supply.

Right now, the American Red Cross has a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations at these locations during this coronavirus outbreak.

Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Volunteer donors are in a unique position to ensure essential medical care continues for those who depend on lifesaving transfusions, such as surgical patients, accident victims, new moms with complicated childbirths, patients going through cancer treatment and more.

Please let me know if you have additional ideas, need more information or would like to set up an interview.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Mary Brant,

External communications manager, American Red Cross

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