WISCONSIN - The Red Cross needs some help. The organization is issuing an emergency call for all eligible blood and platelet donors.
Blood donations in the past two months fell short of expected totals by 61-thousand donations. But, that isn't entirely surprising for this time of year.
"The reason for the shortage is simply people are out an about a little bit more during the summer with summer activities and a lot of our schools also participate in the way of blood donations and when the schools are out we see our numbers go down," said Red Cross External Communications Manager, Laura McGuire.
The organization says there is a constant need for blood donations, no matter what blood type you have.
"Unfortunately blood cannot be stockpiled and it does have an expiration date. So we ask people to bring a friend, bring a family member, bring a coworker and come in and donate," said McGuire.
The Red Cross is coming to Three Lakes at the end of July, and will also be visiting Eagle River and Rhinelander at the beginning of August.
For more information, visit the Red Cross website listed below.