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Call For Blood Donors Cites Nationwide Shortage

Blood Source / Courtesy

Blood Source / Courtesy

A call is going out to blood donors as the nation’s blood supply has dropped to a critical level.

Donations during the summer dip considerably due to people taking vacation, summer break for schools, and fewer blood drives from July to August. 

To add to the problem are more accidents that involve trauma and the need for blood.

Alexander Sigua with Blood Source says last month donations in its network serving 28 states were down by over 5,000 donations.

“Blood Source strives to keep a four day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times," Sigua says, "in order to meet the needs of patients at more than 40 hospitals throughout Northern and Central California.”

Sigua says every two seconds somebody in this country needs blood, and one donor can save three lives.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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