Blood Assurance in “critical need” of donors

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Blood Assurance is asking the public to donate and says they are in critical need of blood.

The organization had less than a two-day’s supply of most blood types as of Tuesday.

They are specifically asking for those with O-positive, O-negative, A-positive, A-negative and B-negative to donate.

The increase in need is due in part to schools letting out for the summer. Blood Assurance states that they normally have multiple blood drives weekly at high schools and college campuses.

“We lose about 15% of our donor base in the summer because classrooms are empty,” said Dr. Liz Culler, chief medical officer for Blood Assurance. “With our current inventory dwindling, if a major trauma event were to occur, that supply could be completely wiped out unless we get donors now.”

Blood Assurance is also giving away a free Memorial Day t-shirt to all who give at mobile blood drives or donation centers.

If you would like to give, you can schedule an appointment at their website.

Donors may also schedule by calling 800-962-0628 or texting BAGIVE to 999777.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health.

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