The American Red Cross pleads for blood donations

By Brandi Bailey

July 22, 2014 Updated Jul 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Blood supplies are shrinking and the American Red Cross is asking more people to roll up their sleeves.

There's an urgent need for all types of blood as well as platelet donations.

Collections this summer are down around 8% or about 80,000 donors.

With July 4 falling on a Friday, there were far fewer blood drives due to people taking long vacations around the holiday.

School breaks have also hindered the supply. Donations from people who tend to donate on campus fall around 80%.

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