The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. There are several factors affecting this blood shortage including blood drive cancellations due to the ongoing pandemic.
It was important to us that we come out strongly for our second Blood Drive of the year, especially now that we are all back in the office. We are happy to report that we surpassed our goal of collecting 23 units by collecting 25 units! That means 75 lives can potentially be saved by the units collected.
Blood Donations go to help cancer patients, trauma patients, sickle cell patients, burn patients and patients with chronic diseases. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and since there is no substitute for blood, the blood that helps save lives is given in advance by generous donors.
And while 38% of the American population is eligible to give blood, only 2% actually donates.
Interested donating to help elevate this shortage that is putting millions of vulnerable people at risk? Visit the Red Cross website to find Blood Drive near you!