The holiday season has passed, but the effects of seasonal activities and holiday travel are proving to have lasting effects on the blood supply. A holiday donation shortfall is now prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a prolonged blood shortage.
Because blood is a perishable product that can only be supplied by generous volunteers, any disruptions to blood donations – whether from holidays, severe winter weather or even widespread flu – could cause delays in lifesaving medical treatments this winter. The attached news release provides additional detail on the emergency need and how people in your community can help.
For more information, go to www.RedCrossBlood.org/our-regions.