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Critical Need for Donors — American Red Cross
January 22 2018, 01:56 | Rex Rios
Red Cross looking for blood donors locally after east-coast drives cancelled because of weather
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors to help address a winter blood donation shortage.
Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood 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. 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.
There is a critical need for types O-negative and B-negative, as well as platelets.
There are a number of blood drives being held in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, Orleans and Chautauqua Counties over the next few weeks. Currently, they say they have less than a one-day supply to serve patients in area hospitals.
"Patients at local hospitals rely on people giving blood".
Eligible individuals are urged to schedule a blood or platelet donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Officials say it is especially necessary in emergencies when a blood type isn't known. Blood donors should bring photo ID.
"What better way to inspire your team than to set a blood donation goal or challenge as part of the Blood Service's Red25 program?"
THE Ipswich Red Cross Blood Service is looking for a number of people to roll up their sleeves and donate life saving blood and plasma before stocks run low.