The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood donors as donations were down nearly 10 percent nationwide in the month of June.
Red Cross officials say they have had 50-thousand fewer donations than expected which means less blood available for those patients in need of it.
June is one of the most challenging months for donations because of people are adjusting to their summer schedules and schools are out of session.
High school and college blood drives represent 20 percent of donations during the school year which leaves the summer months hurting for donors.
They are encouraging types 0-negative, B-negative and A-negative to donate as O-negative is the universal blood type and type A and B-negative can be transfused to rh positive and negative patients.
The Red Cross is urging people to find the next blood drive day in your community to help ensure the is an adequate blood supply all summer long.
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