Red Cross In Need Of Donations After Bad Weather Cancels Blood Drives

Red Cross In Need Of Donations After Bad Weather Cancels Blood Drives

CLEVELAND- The American Red Cross is facing a winter blood shortage and is pleading for blood and platelet donations.

In North Carolina alone, 23 blood drives were cancelled or closed early due to last week's winter storm, with almost 600 uncollected donations.

January is officially known as National Blood Donor Month. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, and now Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.

Every blood donation can be a life-saver for people in hospitals across the state, Michigan Blood stated. "Sometimes they'll send a friend or family member in their spot to donate so we don't lose that blood product".

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Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

We Are Blood is experiencing a critical blood shortage and is in need of donations, especially types O negative and O positive blood, according to organization officials. "Your donations truly save the lives of local patients".

The agency also needs type O negative blood, which is a universal blood type that anyone can receive. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their health history the day they donate using Donor Pass at donateblood.centralbloodbank.org/DonorPass.aspx.

The need for blood is constant, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis.

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