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Blood donations needed due to critically low supply

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – There is a critical shortage of blood in the community following the holiday weekend.

The South Bend Medical Foundation says they have less than a day’s supply of all but three blood types.

Blood shortages tend to worsen around the Fourth of July, but also during the summer months. This comes from fewer blood drives at work, school and in the community according to the American Red Cross.

The summer also brings more traffic accidents. It is a time when regular blood donors delay giving blood to go on vacation or do other summer activities.

Graphs from The Medical Foundation show a drastic drop in blood over a week. The foundation says the supply is in immediate need of being replenished.

Blood type A- is in lowest supply.

Friday is the last day to receive a free gift for donating blood. The Medical Foundation will give all donors a coupon to Bruno’s Pizza.

To be able to donate, you will need to fit all the following requirements.

  • Be in good general health
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Be at least 17 years old. If you are 16 you can donate with written parental consent

You cannot be pregnant, have any open cuts, or have received a tattoo or piercing in the last year.       

People taking medications are generally accepted, the foundation just asks that you bring a list of the medications you’re taking with you to donate.

If you would like to set up an appointment, visit this website. You can also call The Medical Foundation at 574-234-1157.

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