EMERGENCY NEED: Patients who rely on blood and platelet transfusions need your help now! Posted on January 14, 2019January 14, 2019 The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to help save lives following a significant donation shortfall over the winter holidays. Here’s how you can help: Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Let your friends and family know there is an emergency need for blood and platelets. All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are Bring a friend to donate with you. Consider hosting a blood drive in the coming months. Learn more and sign up to host a drive at RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive. Your support can help ensure that blood products are there for trauma victims, premature babies, patients going through cancer treatment and others who rely on the generosity of volunteer donors. Don’t wait. Donate.