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Blood donations low in July

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

With extreme heat keeping some donors at home and severe storms forcing the cancellation of dozens of blood drives earlier in the month, the American Red Cross is in an emergency need for donors of all blood types.

The Red Cross says blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support in late June helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations lately.

A new challenge the Red Cross is posing is for at least two additional donors to give at each blood drive through the end of July, the blood supply would be sufficient to meet patient needs.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. As the nation's single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is dedicated to ensuring that every patient who needs a lifesaving transfusion is able to receive one. In fact, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood each day to meet the needs of patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

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