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Red Cross Winter Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Call For Blood Donations

12 January 2018, 05:28 | Silvia Roy

Red Cross Winter Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Call For Blood Donations

Red Cross Winter Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Call For Blood Donations

The Red Cross says there is an urgent need for blood donations nationwide.

Folks at LifeSouth Community Blood Center said donations tend to drop during the winter due to people traveling from the holidays as well as the weather.

In order to supply enough blood to the nation's 2,600 hospitals, clinics, and cancer centers, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 donations every day. "Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", Brant said.

"If you are eligible to, please consider donating at an upcoming blood drive or call the Red Cross to make an appointment", he added. It also created a concerning dip in the amount of donated blood available.

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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.

Blood donors can use RapidPass to complete pre-donation readings and health history questionnaires online at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass prior to the blood drive. Because of a heating issue, the most recent Red Cross collection sites temporarily have been moved.

Welch said that Type O negative blood was the most needed because it can be transfused to nearly anyone and is commonly used in trauma situations.

All blood types are needed.

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January 17, from noon to 5 p.m.at Mary Baldwin University, Student Activities Center, 316 Academy St., Staunton.

Ball Corporation, 300 W. Greger St., Oakdale, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Tuesday.

Getting more from other blood centers in other parts of the country was also more hard due to canceled flights; blood is typically delivered by FedEx and UPS aircraft.

January 24, from noon to 6 p.m.at Gypsy Hill Park Gym, 600 Churchill Ave., Staunton.

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Two blood drives are being held Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., at Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News and at Chesapeake Square Mall in Chesapeake.



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