A need for blood in a time of shortages



The American Red Cross is putting out a call for donors to make up for a holiday shortfall.

During the holidays, blood donations decline significantly, said Carlos Riccobon of the America Red Cross.

“We’re coming out of the holiday season, people have been busy with holiday parties, shopping,  traveling — and then you throw on top of it that people get sick during this time of year,” he said. “And so regular donors may not be able to donate.”

With supplies down, Riccobon said a one-two punch is possible, courtesy of the weather.

“Mother Nature, we all know, could always drop in and make it a challenge with a snowstorm or other inclement weather,” he said.

If you are able to and want to donate, you can go to the Red Cross website to find a donor center or blood drive near you.

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