Chris Blake

American Red Cross Faces Blood Shortage

The shortage is due in part to a shortage of blood drives during the holiday week

The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for blood donors amid a blood shortage, due in part to fewer blood drives during the July Fourth holiday week.

The Red Cross said Tuesday it had less than a three-day supply of most blood types.

Hundreds fewer blood drives were held during the week of July Fourth than in a normal week, the Red Cross said.

The lack of blood drives compounded a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations in June.

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