CAMDEN, NJ – Following an alert Monday from the American Red Cross New Jersey about a critical need for blood in various regions, including South Jersey, Camden’s primary hospital is assuring patients that the dip in donors is to be expected.

“We are not experiencing any shortages at the hospital nor have we received any notices from our supplier that we will not be able to receive our normal par levels due to shortages,” Public Relations Manager for Cooper University Health Care, Wendy Marano, told TAPinto Camden.

Still, the American Red Cross said in the announcement that during the holiday season there were about 500 fewer volunteer blood drives than required to meet the needs of patients.

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“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” Paul Sullivan, senior vice president of Red Cross Biomedical Services, said in a statement. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”

Alana Mauger, a communication’s manager with the American Red Cross, said over the phone that the organization needs to collect approximately 600 units of blood a day to meet a hospital’s needs.

“Blood can’t be manufactured,” said Mauger. “Especially Type O, which is so important because it’s universal. I would urge anyone who can to donate.”

Camden County is home to a donor center at 5425 Marlton Pike West in Pennsauken Township.

Anyone looking to donate or find more information can visit www.redcrossblood.org.