Red Cross Declares Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross is putting out a call for blood donors because of a shortage.

The organization has issued a “blood emergency” for a number of blood types they say have less than a three-day supply available to local medical facilities.

The Red Cross attributes the shortage to the 4th of July weekend when hundreds of fewer blood drives than normal were being held by organizations and businesses.

While donors of all types are needed, a special request was placed for donors with the O blood type.

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