Blood Shortage causes outcry for donations

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The American Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, and right now, Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

As a result those who are eligible to donate blood are urged to donate blood whenever possible.

“Hospital patients need lifesaving blood this winter, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to provide hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Chris Hrouda, executive vice president, Red Cross Blood Services.

Yesterday the Associated Student Government at College of the Canyons held their annual spring blood drive in the cafeteria.

The Blood Drive began at 9:30 a.m. and lasted until 3:30 p.m.

The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide to keep up with demands.

The next blood drive on campus will be happening May 17th.

To get involved until then go to the American Red Cross website to find a blood drive near you and be ready to roll up a sleeve for a good cause.

Giving blood is an easy and stress free ordeal and with just one donation you can save up to 3 lives.