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Red Cross calls for blood and platelet donations after severe winter weather impacts collections

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

January 8, 2014
 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations.

Approximately 315 blood drives across 25 states were canceled across the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 9,300 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 2. 

Residents in unaffected areas can help boost donations immediately. Blood drives at designated sites will offer extended hours to allow for more blood donation appointments.

“It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather. Now we invite those previously ‘frozen out’ from giving blood or platelets to come in soon.”

Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B negative — are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall.

Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.

Upcoming extended hour blood donation opportunities:

Baxter County, Ark.

   Jan. 9-31 at Red Cross Donation Center, 1041 Highland Circle, Ste 22, Mountain Home

           Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

           Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

           Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Craighead County, Ark.

Jan. 9-31, American Red Cross, Blood Donation Center, 1904 Grant St., Suite A, Jonesboro

        Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cross County, Ark.

Jan. 13 from 3:30-8:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge City Hall, 135 S. Front St. in Hickory Ridge, Ark.

Greene County, Ark.

Jan. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 2802 W. Kingshighway in Paragould, Ark.

Jan. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 2802 W. Kingshighway in Paragould, Ark.

Greene County, Mo.

   Jan. 9-31 at American Red Cross Donation Center, 313 East Battlefield, Suite B, Springfield

           Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

           Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jefferson County, Ark.

    Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1602 West 42nd Street, Pine Bluff, Ark.

Pope County, Ark.

   Jan. 9-31 at American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1003 West Main, Russellville, Ark.

           Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

           Thursday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pulaski County, Ark.

Jan. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock, Ark.

Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock, Ark.

Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock, Ark.

Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock, Ark.

Jan. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock, Ark.

Jan. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock, Ark.

Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock, Ark.

White County, Ark.

Jan. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy, Ark.

Jan. 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy, Ark.

Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy, Ark.

Jan. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy, Ark.

Jan. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy, Ark.

Jan. 28 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy, Ark.

Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy, Ark.

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. 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.