Blood donations needed to prevent a shortage

Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 4:46 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The American Red Cross reports it is noticing a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations this summer and is asking for donors to help prevent a shortage.

In the past few weeks, the Red Cross has seen a nearly 20% shortage in their supply of and if donations do not increase, it says there will soon be a problem with blood availability for those who need it.

Type O negative blood and platelet donors are especially in great need right now, according to The American Red Cross.

“This is a concerning trend that may soon make it tougher to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves,” says Paul Sullivan, Red Cross Senior Vice President of donor services, “By choosing a time to give now, donors can help pump up the blood supply for those in immediate need of lifesaving care and those who rely on transfusions for treatment.”

As a ‘thank you’ to all who come and donate in the month of August, Red Cross is announcing that they will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, which is estimated at a $6,000 value. There will be three winners chosen for this prize.

In addition, anyone who donates will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a service of their choice.

Donors can schedule an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

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