American Red Cross calls on blood donors

By Nicky Hickling

August 18, 2014 Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The American Red Cross is calling on members of the Southern Tier to donate blood.

Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated.

Despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.

To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross especially needs platelet donors and those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

A blood drive will take place this weekend at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

It will run Friday, Saturday and Monday from 11a.m. to 6 p.m..

Action News will be holding the drive in partnership with the Southern Tier Food Banks collecting non-perishable food for its Backpack program.