The American Red Cross faces a critical need for blood donations as summer winds down and the Labor Day holiday approaches.
Although an emergency appeal for donors in early summer temporarily stopped a decline in donations, results from July show that Red Cross blood donations for the month were the lowest they had been since 1996. In fact, blood donations through the Red Cross hit a 15-year low earlier this summer.
“Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Rolling up a sleeve and helping save lives can be a special way to celebrate the Labor Day holiday this year.”