Red Cross Calls For Blood Donations After Severe Weather

CHARLOTTE,NC–American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help with the weather related shortage in donations.

Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were canceled due to severe winter weather.

ARC says there are nearly 8,400 less blood donations since the beginning of the year.

There was also a shortage of 200 fewer donations than expected in North Carolina due to the cancellation of six Red Cross blood drives.

“It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Steve Maness, Vice President of the Red Cross Southeast Blood Services Division. “Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather. Now we invite those previously ‘frozen out’ from giving blood or platelets to come in soon.”

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. 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.