Detroit, MI – The southeast Michigan counties of Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne are facing critical blood shortages for local hospitals and could run out as early as 24 hours from now. The shortages are attributed to the onset of flu season, cold weather, and a low blood turnout during the holidays.
The American Red Cross Southeastern Blood Services Region urges eligible donors in these areas to make appointments for blood donations now. To qualify as a blood donor you must be in good health, weigh at least 110 lbs, and be 17 years of age or older. To make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.