Nebraska Red Cross Facing Critical Blood Shortage

By: Bonney Bowman Email
By: Bonney Bowman Email

The Nebraska Red Cross says they're facing a critical blood shortage - they're at the lowest level they've been in 17 years and they need your help.

The shortage is so bad, hospitals are swapping blood products to make sure everyone has what they need.

But Red Cross officials say they need at least 17,000 pints donated each day to meet that need.

They say the routine donors are great, but they also need new donors to get involved.

And just because you can't give blood doesn't mean you can't help.

Local Red Cross Chapter Director Susan Epps says, "Have them call five of their friends and let them know, have them put a message on Facebook, have them call and say I can't give blood, can I help volunteer at one of the blood drives to help check donors in. There are a lot of things everybody can do to help make this successful."

The Red Cross is holding blood drives every day this week around Lincoln.

To find out where to donate or to schedule an appointment, go to www.Redcrossblood.Org.

You must be 18 years of age, or 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds.

There are also other requirements.

To find out if you're eligible, call 1-800-Red-Cross.

You can also go to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank.

They have donation hours every day except Sunday.

For more times and locations, go to www.Ncbb.Org

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