| Red Cross announces urgent need for donations|
|The Red Cross is calling for more people to donate blood after experiencing a nationwide shortage of blood and platelet donations, KBTX.com reported.|
Blood donations decreased by an estimated 10 percent across the country in June, with the Red Cross receiving 50,000 fewer donations than was expected, according to a statement released by the organization.
"Right now, we've kind of hit a wall. For some reason or other, the donors just aren't turning out like they used to," Jessica Amaro, a representative for the American Red Cross Heart of Texas Chapter, told KBTX.com.
Representatives from the organization say they believe that a surge in donations earlier in the year – related to the Boston Marathon bombings, tornados in Oklahoma and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas – caused a subsequent dip in donations.
"So a lot of our regular donors really turned out for that and came out and donated. And you can only donate every 56 days,” Amaro told KBTX.com.
Amaro pointed out that a blood donation from just one person can help save up to three lives.