Severe winter weather affects Red Cross blood, platelet donations


Donors urgently needed after nearly 1,000 blood drives canceled since Feb. 1

 

GREENVILLE, NC March 10, 2015 — Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves.

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March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This shortfall follows more than 26,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations in February due to severe weather across 27 states. In the Mid-Atlantic Red Cross Blood Services Region more than 100 blood drives were canceled, causing 3,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

 

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in,” said Page Gambill, CEO of the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Blood Services Regions. “Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves, they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need.”

 

When conditions allow for safe travel, the Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to make and keep appointments to help restock its shelves. Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types – O negative, A negative and B negative – are particularly encouraged to give in the days and weeks to come to help replenish the blood supply.

 

Platelets help prevent massive blood loss and are a vital part of cancer and organ transplant treatments. With a shelf life of just five days, platelet donations are especially needed. Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

 

To find a convenient donation opportunity and schedule an appointment, donors can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

To make an appointment to donate platelets, please call 757-623-4880.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

3/10/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Beaufort Community College Building 10, 5337 Hwy 264 E. Washington NC
3/10/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., John Small School, 820 Bridge Street Washington NC
3/10/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion at Wallace Post 156, 529 East Southerland Street Wallace NC
3/10/2015: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pink Hill United Methodist Church, 102 Walnut St. Pink Hill NC
3/11/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Terra Ceia Christian Reform Church, 3298 Terra Ceia Rd. Pantego NC
3/11/2015: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Vidant Duplin Hospital, 401 North Main Street Kenansville NC
3/11/2015: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Kinston Public Service Complex, 2360 Hwy 258 South Kinston NC
3/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ayden-Grifton High School, 7653 NC Hwy 11-South Ayden NC
3/11/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ayden United Methodist Church, 460 West 3rd Street Ayden NC
3/13/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Senior Center, 102 Fifth Street Aurora NC
3/13/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Washington Waterfront, 301 Stewart Parkway Washington NC
3/13/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Otway Fire and Rescue, 509 Hwy 70 E Otway NC
3/13/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Bern Mall, 3134 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard New Bern NC
3/13/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center, 100 Recreation Lane, P.O. Box128 Jacksonville NC
3/14/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., White Oak Church of God, 5054 Hwy 24 Newport NC
3/14/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Grace Covenant Church, 176 North NC Hwy 111 Beulaville NC
3/15/2015: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Webb Chapel United Methodist Church, 4478 Highway 55 West Kinston NC
3/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Chatsworth Products, 701 Industrial Drive New Bern NC
3/17/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., New River Community Church of God, 117 Wheeler Creek Rd. Sneads Ferry NC
3/17/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive Greenville NC
3/18/2015: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Emerald Golf Club, 5000 Clubhouse Dr. New Bern NC
3/18/2015: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., E Carolina Univ Mendenhall Student Center, West 10th Street, East Carolina University Greenville NC
3/19/2015: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount Olive College Washington, 4525 US Hwy 264 West Washington NC
3/19/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive New Bern NC
3/19/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Duplin County Health Department, 340 Seminary St. Kenansville NC
3/19/2015: 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Select Bank & Trust, 3600 Charles Blvd Greenville NC
3/19/2015: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., CenturyLink, 1528 Brimley Drive Greenville NC
3/20/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive New Bern NC
3/20/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Onslow Memorial Hospital/Education Building, 317 Western Boulevard Jacksonville NC
3/20/2015: 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., 2nd and Charles, 1250 B Western Blvd. Jacksonville NC
3/20/2015: 3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Carmike Patriot 12, 1000 Kalli Drive Jacksonville NC
3/20/2015: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grantsboro Town Hall, 10648 NC Highway 55 Grantsboro NC
3/21/2015: 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lowes Home Improvement, 5219 Highway 70 West Morehead City NC
3/21/2015: 3:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Walmart of Morehead City, 300 NC Highway 24 Morehead City NC
3/21/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., BF Grady Elementary School, North NC 11 & 903 Albertson NC
3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive Greenville NC
3/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Pinetown Fire and Rescue, 7262 N. Boyd Rd. Pinetown NC
3/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Jacksonville Mall, 375 Jacksonville Mall Jacksonville NC
3/23/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Point Community Church, 10112 NC Hwy 33 East Chocowinity NC
3/23/2015: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Trenton United Methodist Church, 107 N Market St. Trenton NC
3/23/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 1990 Hwy11 and 55 Kinston NC

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 some states), 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.