University Park, Pa. -- With blood donations during August hitting just 82 percent of scheduled collections, the Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross Blood Services has issued an emergency appeal for blood donors.
At Penn State, two blood drives are scheduled in the upcoming days:
— Tuesday, Sept. 2,HUB, Alumni Hall, 10 a.m. to 4p.m.; and
— Wednesday, Sept. 3, Bryce Jordan Center at gate B, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the past few days, inventories of four blood types stood at critical or emergency levels, with a day's supply or less in reserve of O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative for nearly 100 hospitals in this area, according to the Red Cross. Reserves of all blood types are well below ideal five-day inventory levels.
Individuals age 17 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health can donate blood. Those with specific eligibility questions should contact the Nursing Collections office at (800) 542-5663. Most donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days. To make an appointment for these drives, go to http://www.psuredcross.org.