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Red Cross in need of blood, platelet donations

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TUCSON -

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors.

Donors of all blood types are needed but especially Type O.

Because of the 4th of July holiday week and many families were on vacation, the Red Cross collected less blood. 

"Oon average it was about 550 fewer mobile blood drives were conducted last week which is the equivalent to the American Red Cross not collecting blood for an entire day," said Courtney Slanker, Executive Director with the American Red Cross.

Right now the Red Cross is giving out more blood than it's collecting.

If you would like to donate, click here for more information.

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