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Tennessee Red Cross reports blood donation emergency

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  The Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross issued an emergency request for blood donations Tuesday morning.

Red Cross officials say  donations are always down during the summer, but long holiday weekends like the one we just enjoyed makes blood supply levels drop even further.

Red Cross spokesperson Tiffany Taylor says that to keep up with demand the Red Cross needs about 14,000 donations a day nationwide, or about 500 a day from Tennessee alone.

“Most times people say they’ve never thought about giving blood simply because no one ever asked them, and so I just want to extend the ask right now to encourage our community to come out and donate so that we can ensure that blood is available on the shelves for hospital patients who need in the event of an emergency.”

You can find the donation location nearest you by browsing redcrossblood.org and typing your zip code into the search block.

You can also find there a list of donation restrictions. Among current restrictions, anyone who has visited a country were the Zika virus is prevalent should not donate for at least four weeks after returning stateside.