While thousands of people have responded to the recent emergency call for blood and platelet donations from the American Red Cross, there remains an urgent need for platelet donors, as well as donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. "Right now blood products are being distributed to area hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in," said Steve Mavica, Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Blood Services Region. "We are grateful to the donors who have rolled up a sleeve to give blood or platelets to the Red Cross in that last couple of weeks, but our work is not over," continued Mavica.
The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations on July 9, after seeing about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected in June. "The summer is historically one of the most difficult times of the year for blood and platelet donations," said Mavica.
To donate call 1-800-Red Cross.