American Red Cross In Need Of Blood Donors, Officials Say

American Red Cross In Need Of Blood Donors, Officials Say

In North Carolina alone, 23 blood drives were cancelled or closed early due to last week's winter storm, with almost 600 uncollected donations.

A spokesman for the NHS Blood and Transplant service said: "We urgently need donations after the December bad weather and our stocks are low".

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services.

As a result, the organization is ramping up its local commemorations of National Blood Donor Month for January like the red smokestacks at the Quarry.

Expect two to four inches of powdery snow today: National Weather Service
Snowfall should decrease as you go north with only 1 to 2-inches expected in counties adjacent to the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Highs only hitting the mid teens Saturday afternoon with temperatures on a downward spiral throughout the day.

Many donors have planned to take part in the day's collection with an appointment, but walk-ins also will be taken on Monday. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.

The Red Cross says they will be accepting all types of blood but especially need Platelets, Type O Negative, Type B negative, and Type AB. They have to be transfused within five days, Lewis said.

Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) may be eligible to donate, although there are height and weight restrictions for people 16 to 18 years old.

The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is located on Level 1 of the Riverlink Medical Centre.

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