Red Cross issues emergency need for blood donors

January 2016 Urgent Need_Donor 2While thousands of people from across the country have responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross earlier this month, recent severe winter weather has further impacted donations, creating an emergency need. In the Carolinas Blood Services Region, more than 50 blood drives were cancelled and 2,300 blood products went uncollected.

Your help is needed now! Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in to the Red Cross. Donors of all types are needed.

If you live in an area unaffected by recent winter weather or if conditions allow for safe travel, you are urged to make an appointment to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Please make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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