Critical need for blood and platelet donors

LIMA — In an ironic twist, the American Red Cross is asking for help.

There is a critical blood shortage and the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give.

Blood donations have fallen short for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant reduction of the Red Cross blood supply. This shortfall is equal to the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

It is crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients on a daily basis. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at some 2,600 hospitals across the country.

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit or call 800-733-2767.