JOURNAL STAR: As temperatures rise, blood supplies dwindle, Red Cross says

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The Peoria Journal Star is reporting, “With donors opting out of blood drives during warmer months, the American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for donations amid a critical shortage of blood and platelet supplies.

The Red Cross experiences two seasonal dips in blood donation, one around Christmas and another near the Fourth of July as blood donation takes a back seat to family, social and travel plans.

“We are still in a very critical need for blood and platelets, and we are asking donors to come out and give blood,” said Laura McGuire, external communications manager…”

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