The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors.

There has been a recent blood shortage from winter weather cancellations and a lack of donors during the winter holidays.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.

Anyone can schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.