Red Cross has emergency need for blood donations - WKRN News 2

Red Cross has emergency need for blood donations

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The American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need this summer for blood donors.

The Red Cross says blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years.

All blood types are needed, but there is a short supply of O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative.

The Red Cross had 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June, leaving the organization with half the readily available blood products on hand, compared to June of last year.

An early start to spring may be a reason for this year's decrease in donations.

Many regular donors got an early start to summer activities and are not taking time to donate blood.

The need is constant, because every two seconds, someone in the country needs a blood transfusion.

Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and for patients with leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds.

The Nashville chapter of the American Red Cross is located at 2201 Charlotte Avenue.

For more information or to set up an appointment, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or contact the Nashville chapter at 615-250-4300.

You can also visit RedCrossBlood.org to find a donation site or upcoming blood drive event near you.

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