The American Red Cross is asking for help due to a shortage of donated blood.
In Dallas, the Red Cross said they're 200 pints short of where they need to be and they hope to receive those donations before July 7 to avoid a critical situation.
Nationally, the Red Cross said they've had 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June.
All blood types are needed, but especially donors who are O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.
“Every day, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood for patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. In Dallas, the Red Cross is hoping for 200 additional units of blood between today and Saturday, July 7th to help relieve the current shortage,” said Steve Nagle, CEO of the American Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. “We need donors to make appointments in the coming days and weeks to help us ensure that all patient blood needs can be met. Each pint of whole blood can help save more than one life.”
Locally donations can be made at the Red Cross Center located at 1 Medical Parkway, Ste 215. Through July 7, the Red Cross has extended fixed site hours to Mon-Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., F-Sat 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and July 4 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.