BOSTON (CBS/AP) –The American Red Cross has put out an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to deal with a shortfall in Southern and Northern New England.
Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications for the Red Cross Northeast Blood Services Division said blood donations were down about 10-percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected.
“Blood is needed day-in and day-out,” Morrissey told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “We hope people answer the call for the need and help us make up this shortfall.”
Michael Kempesty, CEO for the Northern New England Blood Services Region, says the organization is counting on volunteers.
“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need,” he said.
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone in need of blood.
Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
There is also a need for platelet donations. The key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients must be transfused within five days of donation.
Morrissey said blood drives are organized in several communities in the region. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find one near you.