The Red Cross announced today that the “critical blood shortage” announced earlier this month is ongoing, despite the many responses to the call for donations. All types of eligible donors are needed, the agency’s press release stated.


With the shortage announcement donations rose 30 percent, however hospital distribution is happening “as fast as donations are coming in,” the agency stated. May and June had 61,000 fewer donations than were required, per the release, resulting in the shortage and emergency donation call.


Nearly 61,000 fewer blood donations than needed were given through the Red Cross in May and June, prompting the emergency call for donations in early July. The shortfall was the equivalent of the Red Cross not receiving any blood donations for more than four days.


How to help


The Red Cross will be in Clinton, at Walmart on Highway 65 South, Thursday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


To schedule an appointment to donate, a blood donor app is available, or visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.


As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™ (some restrictions apply).