DONORS NEEDED: Red Cross reports nationwide blood shortage

Ebony Scott
July 13, 2017

Local first responders will also help ensure blood is available during medical emergencies by partnering with the American Red Cross for the upcoming annual Battle of the Badges blood drive July 17 from noon to 6 St. Andrews Parish Hall, 311 S. Buckeye.

A new state-of-the-art blood mobile was unveiled earlier today at the Red Cross Center in downtown Wichita.

Donations to Red Cross have dropped in the last two months, the report says. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

Overall, the summer months are among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities.

"The summer is hard because 20 percent of our donor base is high school students", McCollum said.

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New donors or those who haven't given in a while, are especially encouraged to give.

You can download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Almost 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday.

There is also a toll free number, 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

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