At Bonfils Blood Center in Denver, staff aim to have a four-day supply of all blood types on hand at all times in case of emergencies.
VBS says it is now projecting a shortfall of 1,700 donations per week throughout its service area in July and greater shortfalls for the rest of the summer.
The donor drop-off comes at a time when demand actually increases since summer sees and increase of accidents and traumas. Additionally, numerous of blood drives are scheduled for the upcoming weeks.
"In about an hour, one donor can save up to three lives by giving blood". The agency says about 10 percent of people actually donate blood. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most.
Walk-ins are welcome at Virginia Blood Services donor center at 131 Electric Road in Salem.
Volunteers must be 18 years old or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 23 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed UBS form/permission from a parent or guardian.