The Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross needs to collect approximately 700 units of blood each and every day. However, not nearly enough people are giving blood. Local supplies are insufficient to meet the needs of our community’s hospitals in a timely manner. There is also an immediate need for platelets, a blood component used to treat cancer patients, for example.
Although the local Red Cross is intensifying phone calls, e-mails and direct mail to blood and platelet donors, the response is still not sufficient to meet current needs.
Anyone who is eligible to donate blood or platelets is asked to do so as soon as possible. For those who have never donated, or have not donated in a while, now is the time to try.
To get as many donations as possible with the greatest efficiency, Red Cross officials are asking eligible blood and platelet donors to make appointments or to keep the appointments they have already made.
To help, visit Redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).