Red Cross Says Blood Supply Is Critically Short

07/11/11 4:04PM By Neal Charnoff

AP File Photo/Toby Talbot
People give blood in Rutland in 2010.
(Host) The Red Cross says there's a critical shortage of blood around the country.

Carol Dembeck is with the Northern New England Chapter of the Red Cross.

She says summer is traditionally a slow time for blood donations, and that this year in particular has been a struggle. 

(Dembeck) "Well right now, blood supplies locally and across the country are at levels that we've not seen in a decade. So for those who have never given blood before but are thinking about it, this would be a perfect time to come in and see us."

(Host) Dembeck says the organization has responded to more than 40 major disasters across the country in the past three months alone.

Contact information for the Red Cross is available online here, or by telephone at 1-800-RED-CROSS.



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