The American Red Cross is facing a blood donation shortage as blood is being sent to hospitals faster than it is being donated.

Right now there is less than a five-day supply on hand, according to a news release sent out by the Red Cross on Wednesday. The biggest need is for Type O, the most-transfused blood type in the country.

“Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Nick Gehrig, communications executive, said in a statement. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.”

Those who give blood or platelets between July 30 and Aug. 30 will receive a $5 Amazon gift card as a thank you.

Hermiston’s next scheduled blood drive is Aug. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hermiston Public Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave. Pendleton’s next drive is Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roundup Athletic Club, 1415 Southgate. Numerous opportunities to donate in Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities can also be found by visiting redcrossblood.org or downloading the app.

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