American Red Cross is experiencing a dramatic drop in blood donors

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Throughout the Wabash Valley, the American Red Cross has experienced a dramatic drop in blood donations since 2015.

Right now, donors of all blood types, especially type O negative, are being urged by the Red Cross to make an appointment to help meet the needs of patients. Due to blood shortages, places like American Red Cross only have less than half a day’s worth of supplies.

Lance White, donor recruitment manager, said he encourages people to donate if they can.

“Only about 38% of people are eligible at any given time and of that only about 10% do,” White said. “So, you got less than 4 percent of the population that’s providing the blood to all of the hospitals in the country.”

“So, think about any disruption in that,” White added. “For instance, a pandemic can cause pretty serious situations. So, if we can get the number up to 5%, 6%, I don’t think we’d ever have another blood shortage again. Just try, give it a shot, donate.”

Those interested in donating blood can check Red Cross’ website, redcrossblood.org, for donation locations.

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