Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

The recent snow, cold and icy start to the new year has resulted in a critical shortage of blood donations.

Road conditions and too much snow also forces them to close for the safety of donors.

"Patient need at the hospitals we serve never stops", said Amanda Hess, Director, Donor Relations.

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Seasonal illnesses and harsh winter weather can often lead to a decline in the number of blood donors who come out to give. "We're asking donors to help us have a strong recovery from the cold snap to help make sure we can provide a steady blood supply for our local hospitals".

Stanford Blood Center says they are seeking donations for any type of blood. So just because somebody has A positive, I don't want anybody to think that their blood is not special or not needed as much. "It will make some good somewhere, and it will save somebody's life".

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January is National Blood Donor Month - one of the most challenging times of year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs.

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).

- Friday, Jan. 12 - The Knights of Columbus in Clarksburg is hosting a blood drive sponsored by the American Legion Post 13 from 1:30 p.m.to 7 p.m.

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The next blood drive will be noon-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Zion United Church of Christ, 1521 Sixth St., Peru.

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