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Red Cross Asking for Public’s Help to Address “Severe” Blood Shortage
Thursday, June 17, 2021

FORT WAYNE, IN - The Red Cross is asking for the public’s help to address a “severe” blood shortage.

Blood supply is being depleted due to rising numbers of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible. Several blood donation clinics will be held throughout northeast Indiana through the end of the month. Donors can save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass on the Red Cross websiteor the Red Cross Blood Donor app.

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. Donors should know the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received to determine eligibility. As a thank-you, donors will receive a $5 gift card from Amazon.

To donate at an upcoming blood drive throughout northeast Indiana, visit the Red Cross Blood Serviceswebsite.

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