Red Cross declares critical blood shortage

Blood donations significantly drop over the summer months

While the Red Cross has declared an emergency on blood, a group in North Jackson, Ohio is holding a blood drive.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The American Red Cross issued an emergency appeal in July asking eligible blood and platelet donors to give as soon as possible.

According to a news release from the organization, blood distributions to hospitals are going out faster than donations are coming in.

Blood donations have fallen short of the need over the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations.

“We urge people to give now to help hospital patients who depend on blood and platelets being available when they need it,” said Chris Hrouda, executive vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Summer is one of the most challenging seasons to collect enough blood, but patients need blood no matter what time of year it is.”

Over the Fourth of July weekend, the Red Cross had a tough time collecting enough blood donations. A recent survey of Red Cross blood donors showed more than 75 percent indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the week before and after July 4.

Nearly 650 fewer blood drives are held the week of July 4 than during an average week. That is approximately the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for an entire day, while the need for blood did not change.

A blood drive is scheduled today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad Street, Canfield, OH. Schedules for other local blood drives can be found at

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