Blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood, platelet donations

DONATE NOW Blood Service mascot Billy Blood Drop is looking for some

While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they're needed most.

"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.

According to the Red Cross, severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.

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With January being National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross hopes blood and platelet donors of all blood types make an appointment to help the shortage.

Donors of all blood types are needed. That's nearly equal to the number of donations collected in two days for the Red Cross nationwide.

Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand. They have to be transfused within five days, Lewis said.

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The Red Cross is sending out an urgent appeal to donors to schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting www.redcrossblood.org, or by calling 1-800-Red Cross.

THE Ipswich Red Cross Blood Service is looking for a number of people to roll up their sleeves and donate life saving blood and plasma before stocks run low.

Every blood donation can be a life-saver for people in hospitals across the state, Michigan Blood stated.

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