ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Red Cross is putting out an urgent plea for blood and platelet donations.

Red Cross External Communications Manager Joe Zydlo says blood products are being distributed to hospitals, faster than donations are coming in. There are 39,000 fewer donations than what is needed.

“When we go from May through June, it’s an urgent need because of school being out and people taking vacation,” Zydlo says. “We’re obviously at an emergency level here.”

If you are able to donate, go to to find a blood drive in your area.

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