BOSTON (AP) — The American Red Cross is appealing for blood donations, saying its supply has reached emergency levels after 50,000 fewer donations than expected so far this month.

The Red Cross said Tuesday that it needs donors of all blood types. But it said there’s a particular need for O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative to meet expected patient demand.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mary Blake reports

The Red Cross’s Massachusetts region is seeking to collect more than 6,500 units of blood over the next two weeks.

The Red Cross said it believes many regular donors haven’t given yet because they’ve gotten an early start on summer. It also said the fact Independence Day falls mid-week has reduced the scheduled number of blood drives.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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