BANGOR — An American Red Cross spokeswoman said there is a shortage of blood donations and they need your help.
Spokeswoman Mary Brant said recent winter weather has canceled blood drives in more than 30 states, causing about 21,000 blood donations to go uncollected.
“Every single day the Red Cross has to collect 13,000 blood donations just to keep the hospitals that we work with supplied with the blood products that they need,” she said.
Brant said Type O negative blood is needed most.
Additionally, blood with COVID-19 antibodies is used to treat patients with the coronavirus.
Brant said people should make an appointment before donating by going to redcrossblood.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or through the blood donor app.