Blood drives aim to alleviate winter shortage


Over 150 blood drives were canceled due to unsafe road conditions and power outages caused by the severe weather; those are now being rescheduled, according to Kara Lusk Dudley, a spokesperson for the Red Cross. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

The Red Cross needs approximately 275 blood donations every day in the region, she added.

In the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, Jay said that almost 600 fewer donations were given than needed during November and December.

"If you are eligible to, please consider donating at an upcoming blood drive or call the Red Cross to make an appointment", he added.

However, the only way patients in need can receive blood transfusions is through voluntary blood donation and blood drives, making these vital events. As a result, contributions made at local blood drives can contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients both locally and in storm-affected areas.

The American Red Cross is now urging the public to roll up its sleeves and help out, and so is the Community Blood Bank in Erie.

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Illinois Valley Community College instructor and Red Cross volunteer Steve Swett said, "Donors can save up to 15 minutes during the donation process by registering through RapidPass to select their appointment time and fill out health history questions".

February 6 - 10:45 a.m. -5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 211 E 12th St.

Mendota: Jan. 12 - noon-5 p.m., OSF St. Paul Medical Center, 1401 12th St.

Stanford Blood Center says they are seeking donations for any type of blood. It opened as a Red Cross site March 2017. "One unit of blood can be split up into three parts - platelets, plasma and red blood cells - and that can go to save up to three people".

The next blood drive in the Magic Valley will be January 22 to 24 at the Church of Ascension Episcopal in Twin Falls.

The annual Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive is set for January 15 through January 19.