Red Cross issues emergency request for blood

(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations.

The number of people giving blood drops significantly in the summer months, creating a critical blood shortage.

Every two seconds, blood and platelet donations are needed to respond to emergencies.

To find out where your nearest blood donation center is located, click here.

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