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Red Cross blood donations lowest in 15 years

9:20 AM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA -  The American Red Cross is facing a nationwide shortage in blood donors.

According to the non-profit's website, they received 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June, and now their supply has dipped to emergency levels.

Typically the summer months are not great for the Red Cross because schools are closed, temperatures go up, and vacationers are out of town, but this year is worse than normal.

Part of the reason for the drop in donors is because this year, July 4, fell during the middle of the week, and the organization had to cancel many of its blood drives.  Storms throughout the Midwest and eastern portions of the U.S. also drove up demand and left the blood supply low.

The Red Cross is encouraging anyone to come donate blood before doctors are forced to delay important hospital procedures.


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