Red Cross appeals to donors as blood shortage grows

Nationwide Type 'O' blood shortage

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Red Cross officials are asking blood donors to help as a shortage of type “O” blood grows across the country.

“Right now we are down to a two-day supply,” said Maya Franklin of the Red Cross. Normally, the organization prefers to have at least a five-day supply, she said.

Unfortunately, the summer season is generally when donations drop and need rises. It’s why the Red Cross is trying to organize blood drives every day in the Charlotte area.

In Hickory, the Community Life Commission at St. Aloysius Catholic Church held a drive on Tuesday.

Bob Smith said they hold three drives every year, “To give something back to the community.”

So far, the shortage has not caused the cancellation or postponement of surgeries but officials are watching supplies closely. The concern is if a mass casualty event happened.

Donors of all types of blood are urged to visit a drive in the coming weeks, if possible.

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