Blood banks struggling with donations

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The summer months are a great time to travel and take a break but because of that, blood banks around the country are struggling when it comes to donations.

Places like the American Red Cross and Community Blood Center in Topeka are just a few being affected.

Business and schools that usually help sponsor blood drives are unable to host because of student and employee vacations.

That causes a decrease in the amount of blood and platelet donors.

The month of June saw a 10% decline or 50,000 fewer people donating than expected and the numbers are still low.

Representatives for both blood centers say this time of the year can be among the most difficult.

“Donations are down due to a few factors, summer, vacations, there’s a lot that people have going on, says ARC Communications Director, Meghan Spreer.  Just for an extended weekend makes it harder for employers to host blood drives, which are a bulk of our blood drives.”

“We’re not in a critical situation right now, says Cynthia Kerns, Community Blood Center manager, but we do have several types that are low right now.”

The centers are urging people to really lend a hand and donate blood.

Since the American Red Cross announced the need for blood in June, donating has gone up 15%.


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