Critical blood shortage: Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to give now

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet doRay Poulin photonations, and you’re needed now.

A life like Ray Poulin’s could be on the line. His liver and kidneys failed following a serious blood infection. The situation became urgent when Ray’s liver hemorrhaged. He was given a 10 percent chance of survival. After receiving 77 units of blood, Ray defied the odds.

“There was a lot that went into saving my life, but if the blood wasn’t available when I needed it, I wouldn’t be here today.”

The Red Cross is facing a critical situation right now. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between now and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

Please give now and help someone like Ray beat the odds. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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