The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people donated last month.
Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated. Despite the increase, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in.
To donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood-donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High-school students and other donors 18 years and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.