Red Cross facing shortage of blood donations, drives


The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to roll up their sleeves.

Blood shortages are typical in winter, but Red Cross officials say the drop in donations this year came earlier than ever.

“For the first time in a very long time. People are calling it unprecedented,” Red Cross spokeswoman Alana Mauger said. “And now, we’re heading into what is typically a really challenging time for blood collection already at a deficit.”

Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital says the holidays are a busy time for hospitals and the demand for blood is high.

We have hunting accidents that take place, and as the roads get icy, we see more motor vehicle crashes. With that you get blunt injury, you get penetrating injury, and those patients are definitely going to require blood transfusions,” Sunny Goodyear said.

The Red Cross is relying on businesses and organizations to host blood drives. 

“We need sites that are convenient and that’s why employers make wonderful blood drive sponsors – because they have a captive audience and it’s easy for employees to roll up their sleeves and help someone in need,” Corrin Ruggiero of the Red Cross said.

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