The American Red Cross says there is a blood shortage across the country, and that it needs thousands of donations a day just to meet current demand.
“We're experiencing a severe blood shortage because the number of trauma cases, organ transplants, and elective surgeries are on the rise and that's depleting the nation blood inventory,” said Cari Dighton of the Red Cross.
She says while a steep decline in donations is typical during summer, this year has been particularly challenging as more Americans have their COVID shots, and are planning longer vacations and other traditional summer activities that draw them away from the routine of giving.
But, the need for blood is constant.
“Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood," Dighton said. "Blood cannot be manufactured. So, the only source of blood are the volunteer donors that roll up their sleeves to donate.”
Dighton said it’s a simple process that takes less than an hour.
“It’s just important to know you could save more than one life," Dighton said. "If you give blood, your blood can go a long way.”
There are various blood drives happening around the county, you can find one near you at redcrossblood.org.