The American Red Cross blood supply is at historically low levels and continues to decline.

Historically low blood supply levels not seen in more than a decade persist for the American Red Cross, which supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood. The ongoing decline comes at a time of year when donations typically fall.

Potential donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and then maintain a sufficient blood supply.

For Red Cross blood drives and other donation information, visit redcrossblood.org.

Memorial Blood Centers has a Coon Rapids location, 3200 Main St. NW, where anyone can donate blood and plasma. Visit tinyurl.com/2p9xstvs to schedule an appointment.

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