BLAINE, Minn. – Summer is traditionally a slow time for blood donations but this year has been exceptionally slow. There are currently 50,000 fewer units of blood available than there was at this time last year. While the blood supply is down the need remains constant, “blood is used every 2 minuets” said Debra Lovegreen from the American Red Cross.
Everyone is encouraged to give blood, but the Red Cross is especially in need of O blood types. Giving blood can be intimidating, but in reality it is a very simple process. “Most people are done in less than an hour…and then you get cookies” said Lovegreen.
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