There is a national shortage of blood. That’s the word from the American Red Cross. Local Vitalant blood donation centers in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties have seen a dramatic drop-off in the number of donations since the pandemic began in 2020 and 15,000 fewer donations this past summer. Laura Kamata with Vitalant says they’re having trouble getting people to donate with the holidays just around the corner. If you want to donate visit Vitalant dot org.