Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donors

American Red Cross is urgently asking for blood donations.

The American Red Cross is asking for your help to donate blood.

The organization said blood donations are down about 10 percent in June. Each day, the American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Region needs approximately 300 donors to step forward and give blood.

â??We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,â?? said Kathy Smith, Interim CEO, Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. â??Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.â??

Fewer donations are happening nationwide that had 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets â?? a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients - must be transfused within five days of donation.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.