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The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for people to donate blood. Jennfer Keller at the Red Cross wrote me to say that they have about half the supply of blood products as they did this time last year.
The blood center in Wichita fell short by 50,000 donations in June. And with July and vacations coming up, the shortfall could get worse if we don't all pull up our sleeves and help.
There is an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Donors are needed to help patients now, and to replenish the blood supply.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Kansas), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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