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Red Cross blood supply dropped to critical levels

POSTED: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 4:44pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- The Red Cross in Waco is asking for people to come out to donate blood because their blood supply has dropped to critical levels this summer.

Fox 44 spoke with officials who say while inventory is down, the demand is going up.

Every 2 seconds a person needs donated blood which is crucial in the Summer according the Jessica Armaro with the Red Cross.

"There's a lot more people out on the road. There's more outdoor summer activities, and sometimes there can be an increased need for blood," says Armaro.

About 15 percent of the Red Cross's blood comes from high school and college students. So during the Summer, the units just aren't there.

"It's not only just affecting the person in need of blood but their family. What if it's a mother and they've got children, or a grandmother and their grandkids depend on them? A school teacher? I mean it could be anyone," says Armaro.

Like Nurse Sherry Gant who takes blood from people but also needs it herself.

"I went to the city that week when we took the blood from the person there, and I thanked that community for, you know, that person coming in and giving me that blood," said Gant. "It feels really good."

However, in the Summer, she can't always rely on donations.

"A lot of people are on vacations, they cant get out because they have kids at home. It's hot, and they just don't feel like it. Those things take a toll on us."

The Red Cross says it's not just about helping other people. It can help you.

Each time you come, techs are going to check donors' blood pressure, pulse and iron levels. Which can help detect underlying health problems.

The Red Cross is planning several blood drives in the Fall, but they're urging everyone to come to the Waco location and donate on Saturdays. Especially those with type O negative blood because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

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