The American Red Cross has issued a call for blood donors as local and national blood supplies reach a critical low. In a statement from Chris Hrouda, president of American Red Cross Biomedical Services, he notes that collection gains are being eclipsed by unusually high demand. The Red Cross is currently distributing well over pre-pandemic levels, primarily type O positive, leaving inventories alarmingly depleted Statistics show that if only 1 more percent of Americans would give blood, shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future. Individuals can help make this happen at one of the blood drives scheduled in the region through June. Southeast Hospital will be conducting blood drives on Wednesday, June 23, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Friday, July 9, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. To make an appointment for a blood drive near you, visit rcblood.org/appt.The Red Cross asks individuals to remember that one donation can potentially save up to three lives and that every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Please make an appointment today.