American Red Cross Faces Severe Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to canceled blood drives in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country which has resulted in about 86,000 fewer blood donations. 

In Indiana, 129 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled, resulting in 4,172 fewer blood donations. The Red Cross is adding appointment slots at donation centers and expanding capacity at many community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to ensure ample opportunities for donors to give.

Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. 

Appointments may be made to give blood with the Red Cross by visiting, by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross.