The shortfall has left the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand than this time last year.
The organization is asking all eligible blood donors -- especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative -- to roll up their sleeves in order to meet patient demand this summer.
An unseasonably early start to spring may be a contributing factor to this year's decrease in donations. In addition, this year's mid-week Independence Day holiday has reduced the number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives.
Upcoming blood drives will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highwoods Properties Raleigh, Wednesday from noon until 4 p.m. at the Hilton North Raleigh Midtown and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Syngenta.
A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 18 years of age and younger have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
To help, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.