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Blood supply at lowest level it’s been in a decade

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Rochester, New York — According to the American Red Cross, blood supply is in the worst shortage it’s seen in more than a decade.

The Western New York chapter is in need of both blood and platelets.

According to a spokesperson, supply is low due to fewer donors during the pandemic and the inability to hold blood drives.

Donors of all types – especially type O – are asked to help. Donated blood has a short lifespan, so there’s a constant need to replenish the supply.

About 66 percent of donation appointments remain unfilled in the Western New York Red Cross region, over the next month.

Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Those who come to give blood, platelets, or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.

Donors will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card.

 

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