The American Red Cross desperately needs your blood. Representatives from the organization say blood and platelet levels are dangerously low. that's after the donations received in June, and the first few days of July were way lower than expected.
As a result, the Red Cross has issued an emergency request for donations. About 20-percent of these are collected from college and high school blood drives throughout the year, and even without those two factors during the summer months, donations are down more than expected.
Local officials at the red cross tell us all types of blood are needed. This is to ensure a constant blood supply is available all summer long.
"So we really want to encourage people in the community to come roll up their sleeves and make up for that difference in loss of collections. Every three seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and every time a blood drive falls short that's less blood on the shelves we can supply to hospital patients." said Adam Reaves, Donor Recruitment Manager with the American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region.
As soon as the blood is donated and tested, it will be sent hospital patients who need it.
Make sure you tune into 5 news this Friday. we'll take a deeper look at the ways donating blood helps save lives.