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American Red Cross issues emergency call for donors to give blood now

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood platelet donors to give now, to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than is needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free blood donor app, clicking here, or calling 1-800-red cross (1-800-733-2767).

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