As the ongoing COVID-19 crisis continues, event cancellations include blood drives across the country, including here in San Diego County. The American Red Cross is reporting a severe blood shortage due to the necessary cancellations and is calling for healthy community members to contribute if able.

Blood donations are used to help treat and save patients every day, including accident victims, cancer patients, and organ transplant patients. Make an appointment to donate blood, platelets, or plasma at a donation site near you by visiting www.redcrossblood.org. Learn more about Red Cross San Diego at www.redcross.org/local/california/san-diego.html.