Blood shortage in Nebraska

Phlebotomist Jaimie Minnema draws blood from John
Brethauer of Hastings Friday afternoon at the Hastings
Family YMCA.

A shortage in blood donations is typical during the summer. But the amount of shortage at the moment has state and national Red Cross officials concerned.

Nationally, donations through the Red Cross are down about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. Meanwhile, Nebraska officials are reporting a shortage of 3 percent.

With dramatic blood shortages across the nation, Red Cross organizations are sharing blood from state to state, depending on how urgent the need might be elsewhere.

"That urgent appeal and the request for donors definitely holds true for Nebraska right now," said Katie Marshall, external communication manager for the Nebraska Red Cross. "People can step up and donate. That is the biggest thing.

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