Blood shortage in Broome County

By Caroline Goggin

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 7:20 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The American Red Cross is asking people to give where they are needed most, especially now as donation numbers to continue drop.

There has been an eight percent loss in the number of donors in the past 11 weeks.

Red Cross representatives said they are in urgent need, especially during these summer months.

"We get about 20 percent of our blood supply from high schools and colleges,” said customer service representative Sheila Sullivan. “And that's another thing with the summer. Currently, right now, we're seeing high schools and college are not in session. Some colleges have summer sessions, but they are quite small. So we still have that need and we don't have as many avenues that we're getting blood from."

If you are unable to give, representatives encourage you find a "blood buddy" who can give in your place.

The Red Cross accepts all blood types.

For a list of donation sites and appointments, visit the Red Cross.

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