The American Red Cross is now experiencing a severe blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations.
Comptroller Darlene Green will host a Red Cross Charles Drew Blood Drive 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Wednesday, August 16 in Room 208 of City Hall, 1200 Market St. People that donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again.
"Blood donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months, but every day there are thousands who need lifesaving blood", said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager, Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Blood Services Regions. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets through August 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling (800) RED CROSS (800) 733-2767.
To locate a drive near you log onto or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS
Reach the Daily Republic newsroom at 425-4646.
The American Red Cross is seeing a summer slowdown in donations.
Blood drives are held all over the area. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. In addition to having a valid ID, blood donors must be healthy, be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. - T.T.