CLEVELAND - The American Red Cross has sent out an urgent request for platelet and blood donors of all types because the organization had many fewer donations in the month of June and the first week of July.
Christy Sabaka, Communications Program Manager for the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region, urges people to get out and donate.
"We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," she said. "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."
Donations were down 10 percent across the nation in the month of June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected.
High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year.
Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer.
In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July.
Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.
To donate blood or platelets, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.