A 10 percent drop in blood donations in June has caused the American Red Cross to issue an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types.
Many fewer donations than expected were received in June and during the first week of July, according to a news release issued Tuesday.
“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.”
Nationwide, the Red Cross received 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. Each day, the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Region needs about 500 donors to meet the demand.
High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year, according to the Red Cross. Donations from those who usually give at those drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer.
To donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Upcoming blood drives include: from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthias Church hall, 101 Burell Drive, Crown Point; from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Indiana Botanic Gardens, 3401 W. 37th Ave., Hobart; from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Charter Fitness of North Hobart, 8560 E. Ridge Road, Hobart; from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Family Video, 1520 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell; from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway, Schererville; and from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 13039 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake.