Red Cross in critical need of blood donations

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The American Red Cross is asking for your help. During the summer months, they see a decrease in blood donation.

This means, now is a time of need for the Red Cross.

"With people going on vacations and families out of place, because of vacations and school, a lot of times the blood products on the shelf get low," said Shirley Crutcher with the North Alabama Red Cross.  "It's even more so critical because you have more summer incident."

Because of this, the Red Cross likes to keep their blood banks stocked - just in case.

"Any time there is a major disaster, there's always a greater need for blood and so definitely giving blood is another way to help with this and other disasters," said Crutcher.

At least 13 people have died in Louisiana, making it what the Red Cross says, the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy.

"We're at the peak of hurricane season, so we definitely want to go into the fall with blood products on our shelves so that when a disaster happens, not if, that we're prepared and we have the blood products that can meet the demands," said Crutcher.

The Red Cross says in order to help meet their demands, to give blood, you must be at least 17-years-old and in good general health, weighing at least 110 pounds.

To find your nearest blood donation center, visit the Red Cross website.