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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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.