Jun 26, 2012 at 7:52 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - The American Red Cross is putting out a plea for people to donate blood in advance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Nationally, donations are down about ten-percent in June, meaning there were fifty thousand fewer donors than expected. In Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, donations are also down, but not at that level.
Donations have been on the decline for several months, possibly because of the unseasonably warm weather this spring. Regional Red Cross CEO Geoff Kaufmann is asking people to donate now to avoid possible shortages.
Officials say it's not unusual for blood donations to drop during the summer months because many blood drives take place at schools and colleges. Employers are also less likely to host blood drives during vacation season.