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DONORS NEEDED: Red Cross reports nationwide blood shortage

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Donors give blood at a record attempt for blood donations in Rutland, Vt., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Organizers of Vermont's Gift of Life blood drive marathon are hoping almost 2,000 people show up in Rutland to set a nationwide, single-day blood drive reco Donors give blood at a record attempt for blood donations in Rutland, Vt., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Organizers of Vermont's Gift of Life blood drive marathon are hoping almost 2,000 people show up in Rutland to set a nationwide, single-day blood drive reco

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The Red Cross is experiencing a shortage in blood supply.

An official with the Red Cross told News 4 they have had an “emergency shortage” nationwide since July 5.

“The decline in summer donations is causing a significant draw-down of our overall blood supply, and we urgently need people to give now to restock hospital shelves and help save lives,” said Shaun Gilmore, president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Every day, patients recovering from accidents or those receiving treatments for cancer or blood disorders rely on lifesaving blood products regardless of the season.”

According to the Red Cross, there have been 61,000 fewer donations that what is needed over the past two months.

Click here to schedule an appointment or find a blood drive. 

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