Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

Blood donated to American Red Cross

2017's hurricanes across the country, as well as wildfires in many states, including California, along with the current wintry weather on the East Coast has forced the nonprofit to cancel 150 blood drives. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, and now Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in.

While all blood type donations are important, Grant said platelet and type "O" negative and "B" negative blood donations are critically needed right now. "It's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that's why we're asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today". Donors can help even more people by inviting a family member, friend or co-worker to donate too.

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Canadian Blood Services' blood donor centre in St. John's is open Mondays to Saturdays, with varied hours each day.

One of the best types of bloods to donate is O Negative as it can be used on anyone.

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Due to the high demand of platelets, Grant said the Red Cross is accepting them seven days a week.

The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood and platelet donors.

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She then explained that her son had recently had a bone marrow transplant and she wanted everyone in the crowd to be a donor. To further make light of the situation, Celine turned to a Barney classic, "I Love You", as security showed up.

On Wednesday, he encouraged people to donate blood if they are able to.

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