The American Red Cross is sending a special message to the people of South Jersey: blood donors and platelet donors are needed immediately.

According to Beth Toll with the American Red Cross, ”The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all types to help restock its shelves following round after round of severe winter weather, which resulted in blood drive cancellations and caused more than 33,400 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.”

You can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.