It’s Red Cross Month and there is a blood shortage in Mercer County

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Back in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt first proclaimed the month of March, Red Cross Month.

It’s a time to celebrate all that the Red Cross does from raising money to disaster relief, and of course, collecting blood.

Today, volunteers gathered at Mercer Mall for a blood drive and organizers say, Mercer County is in the middle of a blood shortage.

“It’s really important right now because the majority of our blood supply decreases over the winter months. Just because, weather related travel and people aren’t able to get out for their blood drives. Or, schools are cancelled…Illness too plays a big part. The flu has been going around, so that has caused a lot of people to be unable to donate,” says Amanda Lawrence, Account Manager of Southern WV Red Cross.

Now that spring has just about sprung, they hope Red Cross Month will help motivate people to get out and donate.

To find a blood drive near you, visit redcrossblood.org.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Multimedia Journalist

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