ILLINOIS (WBC/DANA COMM.) — The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage during the summer months. Red Cross spokesperson Drew Brown says many people have stepped up, but they need more donations.

Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand. Brown says in most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. You can find an appointment locally by going to