Summer in the High Country brings with it many things — picnics, hiking, outdoor gatherings, a marked decrease for the chance of snow and, much more seriously, a shortage of blood donations.

The American Red Cross has announced that its blood supply has dropped below three days and has issued an urgent appear for donors.

Why this happens in the summer is no mystery: summer holidays and warm weather opportunities conspire during this time of year and, as we make hay while the sun shines, taking time to visit a blood donation event is often not a top priority. During the July 4 week alone, hundreds fewer than average blood drives were organized, boosting a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations in June.

The conundrum is that this is the time of year when blood and platelet donations are in the most need of replenishment and without donations, delays in treatment or emergency care become an ominous possibility.

If you’re able to help through a donation of blood or platelets, now is the time. Visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information about who can donate blood, how to host a blood drive or to make an appointment at a donation event near you.

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