Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment now to give in the days ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood throughout this coronavirus pandemic. The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this outbreak.
With workplaces, college campuses and schools temporarily closing, blood drives at these locations are being canceled. Since March 1, about 7,000 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in more than 200,000 fewer blood donations. The organization is expecting cancellations to continue to increase, which is causing heightened concern for blood collection organizations and hospitals across the country.
If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment now to donate in the days ahead by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
There are numerous blood drives scheduled throughout the Fourth District in the upcoming weeks.
Individuals unable to donate blood, are urged to encourage a family member or friend to donate in their place. Or consider other ways to help volunteer at blood drives.