Red Cross urges blood donation to maintain supply amid pandemic

Doctor with stethoscope
Valley News - Health
RIVERSIDE – The American Red Cross has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. This year the pandemic adds in another challenge in keeping the blood supply strong. The Red Cross urged healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in February. Every day there are thousands of patients who rely on lifesaving blood donations – people like Leslie Johnson. In 2005, a farming accident left Johnson with broken bones and massive bleeding. In the first 24 hours after the accident, she received 10 units of blood and platelets. Additional transfusions and surgeries followed. Johnson’s high school-age daughter, Emily, hosted a blood drive last semester because she recogn
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