Urgent Call for Blood Donations by Red Cross

Lima, OH (from ONC) - With the busy July 4th holiday week over, emergency officials are hoping Ohioans will have some time to help save lives in their respective communities.

The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for eligible blood donors as donations are being sent to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

Rodney Wilson with the American Red Cross in Ohio says during the summer months, people are more involved in activities that could cause traumatic injuries.

An estimated 550 fewer blood drives were held across the country last week than during an average week, resulting in 15 thousand fewer donations than needed.

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