Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations

Facing a looming blood shortage, the American Red Cross is asking for people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood.

The Red Cross says it urgently needs donors to help prevent an emergency shortage of blood following the Fourth of July holiday.

“Platelet donors and blood donors of all types, especially those with type O negative, B negative and A negative, are encouraged to give now,” Red Cross spokesperson Sara O'Brien said in a statement. “Summer can be among the most challenging times of the year to collect enough blood and platelet donations – yet the need for blood doesn’t take a summer break.”

Blood Donation Opportunities for July 22, 2014
Donor Center Hours Tues. 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Oakland Donor Center
6230 Claremont Ave,
Oakland, CA 94618

San Jose Donor Center
2731 N First St.
San Jose, CA 95134

Pleasanton Donor Center
5556-B Springdale Ave.
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Newark Donor Center
39227 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560

Pleasant Hill Donor Center
140 Gregory Ln., Suite120
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

How to Donate Blood: Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

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