Special to the Herald
For most people, the week of the Fourth of July is filled with burgers, beer and pleasant memories. The week of the Fourth of July also saw a severe decrease in blood donations, according to the American Red Cross.
Blood donations are typically slower in the summer months, but the Red Cross reported a significant drop in blood collection so far this month.
“Right now, blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in,” according to the Red Cross. “All eligible donors are urgently needed to give now to help replenish the blood supply.”
Other holidays like Christmas and New Years usually see less donations month’s drought comes after a May and June that saw 289 less donations than expected in Connecticut, according to a Red Cross representative That’s the equivalent of an entire day’s worth of donations.
Visit RedCrossBlood.org and click on “Donate Blood” to find a blood drive in the area. Around New Britain, there are five taking place in neighboring cities on Wednesday, July 11, four on Thursday, July 12 and more throughout the weekend.