Carter BloodCare is asking donors to give blood now as its supply is "too low" to meet patient needs.

Carter BloodCare says as many as 700 patients need blood transfusions each day. While the winter and summer months usually see a decrease in the blood supply, the current supply is dangerously low.

“We do not have enough on our shelves right now for routine hospital orders. We are back-ordered on filling hospitals’ requests. There is no other way to say it but that we are imploring help from the community,” Dr. Merlyn Sayers, president and CEO, Carter BloodCare, said. “We cannot make blood. It only comes from volunteer donors.”

The center is hoping to collect a blood donation from 1,500 people throughout its service region every day for the next week.

Carter BloodCare encourages donors to make an appointment and give blood. Walk-ins are welcomed. Donors may text or call (800) 366-2834 for an appointment.

Donors may begin giving at age 16, with a parent’s or guardian’s consent. The forms are on the web site or at any blood donation location. Anyone age 17 and older may give independently. Visit carterbloodcare.org for more information.