Critical blood shortage remains

Blood Transfusion bags
Human blood in storage

GREENFIELD — The Red Cross is urging blood and platelet donors to give now.

A critical blood shortage remains despite a strong response to a call for blood and platelets in early July, according to a news release.

“Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand,” according to a news release. “The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products.”

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit or call 1-800- RED CROSS.

Human blood in storage
Human blood in storage
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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or