WILMINGTON, NC, January 30, 2014 – Due to severe winter weather, the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region has lost dozens of blood drives since Tuesday, resulting in nearly 1,900 uncollected units of blood and platelets.
In the Wilmington area, blood drives were cancelled at organizations including GE, UNCW, Ogden Elementary School and Coca-Cola in Leland. A total of 10 blood drives in the greater Wilmington area have been cancelled since Tuesday resulting in a loss of more than 300 units of blood.
Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 600 American Red Cross blood drive cancellations and 20,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations across the county. Overall, 26 states and Washington, D.C. have had blood drives canceled because of weather.
As conditions improve and it’s safe to travel, the Red Cross is urging eligible donors of all blood types to make an appointment to donate blood and replenish lifesaving blood supplies by calling 910-254-GIVE or visiting redcrossblood.org. The Red Cross Wilmington Blood Center is open Monday 1-6pm, Wednesday 11:30am-4:30pm, Friday 8am-1:30pm and the second Sunday of the month 12-4:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients, especially type O negative – the universal blood type.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental consent in North and South Carolina, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.