Continuing Winter Storms Force
Cancellations of Red Cross Blood Drives
(St. Louis, MO, January 20, 2011)
The American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region has cancelled 15 blood drives just today and project they will not collect 451 pints of blood scheduled to be collected at these drives. These cancellations are on top of the hundreds of drives lost due to last week’s winter storm along the eastern seaboard, causing a shortfall of more than 8,000 blood donations in the southeast and northeast corners of the country.
The Red Cross strongly encourages anyone who is eligible to donate and can travel safely to the below blood donation center to please consider donating. Otherwise, please call 1-800 RED CROSS to schedule an appointment to donate blood at an upcoming blood drive.
There is a particular need for people with O-negative blood to give now. O-negative is the universal blood type which can go to any patient regardless of their blood type. O-negative blood is often used in emergency cases when doctors can’t wait to type a patient’s blood.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.