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Brittany Scalise donates platelets with the American Red Cross while Red Cross employee Jo Hollis assists during the 2-hour long process. Photo by John Silva/American Red Cross. Photo courtesy of The American National Red Cross.

Brittany Scalise donates platelets with the American Red Cross while Red Cross employee Jo Hollis assists during the 2-hour long process. Photo by John Silva/American Red Cross. Photo courtesy of The American National Red Cross.

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FACING A CRITICAL BLOOD SHORTAGE, AMERICAN RED CROSS ASKS FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.