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American Red Cross National Blood Crisis

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Blood product distributions are outpacing donations. At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met. 
 
Why is this happening? The pandemic has hit the Red Cross, which supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood, very hard.  
·         Since it began, we have seen about a 10% decline in the number of people giving blood.  
·         At schools and colleges, we’ve seen a 62% drop in blood drives since the start of the pandemic.  
·         It’s also caused ongoing blood drive cancellations and staffing limitations.  
·         The current surge in COVID-19 cases may compound the already dire situation.   
 
This is truly a crisis. Doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.  
 
As a highly respected community leader, we are asking you for help: 
·         Post on social channels to encourage friends, family members, and your constituents to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets this winter. (Here is a link to an image library and be sure to tag us so we can amplify your message)  
·         Please consider sharing an email message with your network encouraging them to donate blood today.   
·         Follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn & Twitter for the most recent Red Cross updates you can share with your community. 
·         Use the Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your blood or platelet donation appointment.   
  
In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had less than a 1-day supply of critical blood types. That's why your help is so vitally important.  
 
Carisa Hettich │Executive Director
American Red Cross – Southwest Oregon Chapter
440 E. Broadway, Suite 200
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 344-5244 main │ (541) 285-2337 cell
carisa.hettich@redcross.org
 



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