Red Cross Says Blood Supplies are Critically Low
When Heather Colosi of Tobyhanna heard complications from flooding sank the local blood supply she wanted to help. She said, "It made me want to come out more. Help out everybody."
She donated at Pocono Raceway's
Red Cross Spokesman Shannon Ludwig said the organization is now about 3,000 units short of where it should be. He added, "When you think about the fact that each unit donated could help up to three people, saying that we're down 3,000 units that means there's 3,000 people, patients that could be affected because of not being able to supply blood to local hospitals."
Supplies of Blood Types O and A+ are critically low. Ludwig said, "We're projecting that we're gonna fluctuate between critical and emergency levels for at least another month or so."
Chris Leininger lives in Weatherly and was not impacted by flooding. He told Eyewitness News he drove 40 minutes to donate because he personally knows how important donations are to people in need. He explained, "When I was a kid I had an accident and I needed five blood transfusions so since then every time I have a chance I give."
He encourages others to donate because it only takes a few minutes to help save someone's life. He smiled, "It's just a little prick and that's it. You just get up, they give you something to eat, they give you orange juice and you're on your way."