(Concord, NH) - The agency faces an emergency blood shortage after a difficult 4th of July week for donations.

Blood Donation in Salt Lake City, Utah 2015
Amanda Romney/American Red Cross
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There were hundreds fewer blood drives last week resulting in a decline in donations.

Blood is currently being distributed to hospital faster than donations are coming in.

The Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to give blood or platelets.

To find a blood drawing in your area, visit redcrossblood.org