Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman
Danville, VA -- There is a way you can help after these severe storms, you can donate blood. The American Red Cross has made an urgent call for donors.
The Red Cross says their donations are down by 10% in June, which is roughly 50,000 pints of blood. And this puts them at emergency levels.
The Danville-Pittsylvania County Health Department says there is always a blood shortage in the summer months, because people tend to donate more during Christmas time. But, whenever there is a disaster or major storm like we had, the situation gets even more severe. And with storms, come injuries, and often people need blood.
"It's important because you never know when you are the person that will need it. One of the true heroes that come out of disasters like this are people that are able to overcome injuries," said Dr. Laura Gateley, Danville-Pittsylvania County Health Department.
They are asking for all types of blood and plasma donations.