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Red Cross in state of emergency, requesting blood donations

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The American Red Cross says they are in a state of emergency over blood donations, and need your help.

According to them, many fewer donors than expected gave blood during June and the first week of July, leading the Red Cross to issue an emergency request for donors of all blood types – especially O negative, A negative and B negative – to make an appointment to donate.

Donations were down about 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood donations as regular donors delay giving as they adjust to summer schedules.

Call the Red Cross’s Rivers Avenue location at 852-2922 to set up an appointment for a donation.

Every day, the Red Cross must collect almost 17,000 pints of blood for patients at nearly 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

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