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Local blood drives taking place next month amid national blood shortage crisis

The Red Cross is declaring its first-ever national blood crisis.

 

The organization says it has less than a one day supply of critical blood types in many areas of the country and has had to limit distribution to hospitals.

 

Meghan Lehman of Red Cross Michigan says this is considered worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

 

“Between blood drives being canceled,  the pandemic attacking staff, it's just essentially a relentless situation.” Lehman said. “Anyone that can give blood or has considered giving blood now would be the time to step up and do it.” 

 

Here in Mecosta County, there will be two Red Cross blood drives. The first is in Big Rapids on Feburary 21st from 12pm-5:45pm at the First United Methodist Church. The second bloos drive will be on Feburary 22nd at the Stanwood Eagles Club from 12pm-5:45pm.  

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