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Red Cross cancels 2 blood drives in Wisconsin due to extreme cold weather, 58 blood donations lost

Badger-Hawkeye

January 10, 2014
 

WHEN: Jan. 7, 2014

WHAT: Due to extreme cold weather, the American Red Cross canceled two blood drives in Wisconsin, resulting in 58 uncollected blood donations. The Red Cross has lost 566 pints of blood the past two days in Wisconsin because of weather-related cancellations.

WHERE: People’s Church, Beloit, Wis.
Wisconsin Physicians Services, Wausau, Wis.

Historically, during the winter months, fewer donors make time to give blood because of competing activities, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. However, every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. As local residents are able to return to their normal activities following the recent sub-zero temperatures and it’s considered safe to travel, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a blood donation appointment. Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients in need. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.