Officials with the American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types due to a shortage of donations last month and the first week of July.
Officials say blood donations were donations were down nation wide about 10 percent last month and officials are hoping donors will roll up their sleeves again and give the gift of life.
CEO for the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region, Tim Ryerson says every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and each day, donations come up short and less blood is available for patients in need.
Officials say each day, the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region needs approximately 600 donors and donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
Officials say there is also an urgent need for platelet donations since platelets are a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients.
Red Cross officials will be conducting blood drives in Caldwell, Christian, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg Counties to help boost donation levels throughout this month.
Officials have scheduled two blood drives to take place on the Fort Campbell military post.
The first blood drive is scheduled for Friday at the Byrd Health Clinic and the other to take place Friday, July 26th at the commissary on post.