The Red Cross is urging eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer.
During the summer, schools that host blood drives are out of session and vacation schedules lead to donor declines, Red Cross officials said.
Donors of all blood types – especially types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients, Red Cross officials said. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).