Urgent plea made for blood donors

Urgent plea made for blood donors


URBANA — Community Blood Services of Illinois says it’s in urgent need of blood donors to make sure it can fill the blood supply demands of local hospitals.

Blood donations have been off by about 20 percent for the past eight weeks from what the blood bank would typically see throughout the year, the organization says.

Why the need is immediate: Summer vacations are still a factor, college students aren’t around yet to take part in campus blood drives and the response to a plea for more donations after the three-day July 4 holiday weekend wasn’t what the blood bank hoped it would be, says Carrie Johnston, donor relations manager.

All blood types are needed, but especially needed are more donations from blood types O-negative and AB.

Prospective donors can make an appointment by calling 367-2202.

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