July 9, 2013
Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM CDT
PEORIA, Ill. -- The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood donors.
The agency said it is experiencing fewer blood and platelet donations and it wants you to roll up your sleeve and give.
Red Cross officials said donations nationwide fell by 10 percent in June.
While donations usually fall during the summer due to busy schedules and summer vacations, officials say donating during the summer months helps the Red Cross prepare for various disasters.
"Every two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion," said Red Cross Communication Program Manager Ben Corey. "You never know when someone is going to need it for a car accident or surgery. So we always need to have a sufficient blood supply."
The Red Cross will be hosting blood drives all summer.
All blood types are needed but those with O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. There is a critical need for platelet donors as well.