Help Us Address a Severe Blood Shortage Together with the Red Cross
Dear Member, while the coronavirus pandemic and its effects have grown here in the United States with it has come a critical situation for the blood supply.
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
Since the outset of the pandemic, over 4,500 blood drives have been cancelled in the United States. That has left the Red Cross behind by 150,000 critical blood donations.
The Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of blood to the U.S.. This shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. And some of these products last only days on the shelf, thus having a steady stream of volunteer donors is imperative.
We ask that you please help us address this shortage. Giving blood is one of the most important things you can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of the coronavirus.
If you are healthy and eligible, please give blood:
We are all searching for ways to give back, to do more for our communities, right now. This is one way that we can all have a truly positive impact — literally saving lives.
Please join REIA and our community of partners in tackling this issue head on. To someone out there, your blood is life-saving deal breaker.
Scott FladHammer, President of Fort Wayne REIA