ARC Blood drives impacted by business closures

By Shayla Reaves - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The impact of businesses scaling back or closing their doors is hitting more than the people who work there. In some cases, it is hitting the American Red Cross and its ability to save lives.

"A lot of the businesses where we have blood drives are either telling us that they can't have those blood drives anymore because they are prioritizing their business now," American Red Cross Spokesperson Loni White said. "In other words, they've had to cut shifts, they've had to cut personnel or there just aren't enough people there to have a blood drives."

In fact, some of those companies have been forced to close their doors altogether according to White. She calls this a hard hit for an organization where 80 percent of blood drive events are hosted by local businesses.

"What this has meant is a drop in about 1,300 units of blood, so far this summer," she said.

Traditionally, White says the summer months are already a challenging time of year. Now with the added economy she says it is going to take more than the American Red Cross can do alone to stay on track.

"People are traveling, they're putting off blood donations because it is summer," White said. "The Red Cross needs businesses, stable businesses or businesses that are making it in this economy to call us and have blood drives with us."

If you would like to donate blood here's what you need to know:

  • You need to be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with a parent's consent form).

  • -Weigh at least 110 pounds.

  • Be in general good health.

  • Officials say you can donate with diabetes and high blood pressure as long as the medication you are on is controlling your condition

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