NORFOLK -- The American Red Cross in Hampton Roads is putting out an urgent call for blood donations. Officials say supply is the lowest it's been in 15 years.
To encourage donations, the American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region has several special events coming up: Free admission to the Virginia Zoo on Sunday, July 29 for its blood drive and a $17 coupon for a haircut at Sport Clips when you donate blood or platelets in August.
There are 10-20 blood drives every day in Hampton Roads and the Red Cross needs to collect 500-600 units of blood daily to meet the needs of local hospitals and patients.
"If two more donors came out and donated at every blood drive in the US this July, we’d have enough blood to meet hospital needs," said spokeswoman Kristen Hatfield.
To find a blood drive near you, go to the Red Cross Website or call 1-800-RED CROSS.