The Red Cross has recently reported reaching “emergency levels” in blood donations, and the local facility in Farmers Branch is reaching out to Far North Dallas neighbors for help.
Across the country, the organization has received 50,000 pints less this year than at this time last year. All blood types are needed. Due to the shortage, the local branch is extending its hours and even staying open on Independence Day.
According to the Red Cross, donations always have come in slower during the summer due to families on vacation and schools being out of session. About 20 percent of donations come from high school and college students.
To donate, you are required to have a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification. A donor must be in generally good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (or 16 with a parental consent form).