Red Cross puts out emergency call for blood donations

Summer Blood Donation Shortages

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - An emergency call is being issued for blood donors as the American Red Cross announces a critical blood shortage.

The Red Cross says donations have dropped below expectations for the last two months resulting in 61,000 fewer donations than needed across the country.

The organization says summer months often suffer from lowered donation rates as fewer volunteer- host sites for donation drives are available.

Donor recruiters say schools being out also has a strong impact on donations.

"They're about 20% of our collections during the school year, and many of those students are first-time donors. Once school lets out, they're kind of not out there looking for drives as they are when it's right at the school and so forth," said Scott Friell from the Red Cross.

You can find a list of blood donation drives at

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