More people are now able to give blood after recent changes in the Red Cross eligibility guidelines.
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The Red Cross says the blood shortage is one of the worst nationally in more than decade.
A number of American Red Cross chapters across North Carolina and South Carolina is issuing a plea for donations, citing a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the typical post-holiday decline in the winter.
According to the Red Cross, they are approaching a supply crisis due to the lack of donated blood in South Carolina. One Columbia mother is speaking out after her son who has sickle cell disease had to wait several days before receiving blood due to the shortage.
Blood donations are urgently needed as the current U.S. blood supply is at a dangerously low level.
Blood can be used in transfusions to help those suffering from trauma, sickle cell, birthing complications and even COVID-19.
As demand for blood continues to climb, the American Red Cross says the country is facing a severe shortage caused by the pandemic.