GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The American Red Cross is facing a shortage of blood donations. According to the Red Cross, overall blood donations in the region have been approximately 1,211 fewer per month in June and July this year than the previous 10 months of the year.
"Summer blood shortages are not uncommon, but they can be prevented when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives. Many donors have already given this summer. We're now asking donors who haven't donated and those who are eligible again to make an appointment to give now to help ensure blood products are available for patients," said Nick Gehrig, Senior Communications Director for Red Cross Blood Services.
Donors are needed for O negative, B negative and A negative blood types.
In South Mississippi, you can donate blood on Friday at the Lowe's in Waveland from noon to 5 p.m. and at the Home Depot in Gulfport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.