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After holiday, Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

The American Red Cross issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give immediately and prevent delays in care after a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors.

Businesses and other community groups organized approximately 450 fewer blood drives over the Independence Day week than during a typical week due to the large number of people across the country celebrating the holiday, Red Cross officials said in a statement.

The Red Cross collected approximately 17,000 fewer donations than needed for patients in a single week, leaving the organization with less than a three-day supply of most blood types and less than a two-day supply of type O blood. The agency relies on having a buffer of a five-day supply.

Locally, a blood donation opportunity is scheduled noon to 6 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1300 Grant Road, Los Altos.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, can make an appointment to donate by calling (800) 733-2767 or using the Blood Donor app at redcrossblood.org. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health questionnaire help reduce the time it takes to donate.

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