The Red Cross and blood centers across the U.S. have reported critical shortages this season.
Currently, both national and local blood supplies are at significantly low levels.
And as the need for blood increases, the number of donors decreases in the summertime due to people leaving on vacation, and schools and businesses holding less blood drives.
The Rock River Valley Blood Center has recently seen a 40% decrease in donations.
They’ve only been collecting about 600 units, where their usual average was a thousand units per week.
They said the blood deficit has been so bad this year, they’ve had to resort to importing units from other centers.
The RRVBC is urging the public to come in and make a quick donation.
It’ll only take about an hour out of your day, it’s easy, and practically pain-free.
Not to mention you get to leave with the satisfaction of knowing you could save up to three lives with your donation.