The American Red Cross has declared its first ever national blood crisis. (Photo via American Red Cross)
By Matt Hall
B103 Rockford
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The American Red Cross says the country’s blood supply is so dangerously low that it’s declaring its first-ever national blood crisis. COVID-19 has caused a Red Cross staffing shortage and decline in donors as well as canceled many blood drives. There was a 34% decrease in new donors in 2021 compared to the year before.

Related: Rockford area blood banks face ongoing shortage
The Red Cross is urging you to:
  • Host a blood drive
  • Donate blood, platelets or plasma
  • Recruit friends to donate
  • Volunteer at a blood drive

National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month and The Rock River Valley Blood Center is asking individuals to donate blood at least twice this year. One donation can save up to three lives.

Rockford River Valley Blood Center
3065 N. Perryville Road No. 105; 815-965-8751
Rock River Valley Blood Center
419 N. Sixth St.; 815-965-8751
Rock River Valley Blood Center
1740 S. State St., Belvidere;  815-965-8751