Red Cross calls for blood donations as weather clears
Winter weather causes numerous blood drive cancellations
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (Dec. 9, 2013) — Severe winter weather forced the cancellation of eight Red Cross blood drives in Missouri and southern Illinois, resulting in a shortfall of more than 350 expected blood donations over the past four days.
As residents are able to return to normal activities and it’s considered safe to travel, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a blood donation appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients in need, especially types O negative, B negative and A negative. Platelet donations are also needed as they must be transfused within in five days of donation and must be constantly replenished.
“With the holiday season upon us and many regular doors likely to become busy with activities and travel, giving now helps to ensure an adequate blood supply in the days and weeks ahead, ,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “A single blood donation can help save up to three lives and give patients another opportunity to spend time with their loved ones this holiday season.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, 1301 First St. in Kennett, Mo.
Dec. 10 from 2-6 p.m. at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1201 Fair St. in Marion, Ill.
Dec. 11 from 2-6 p.m. at Meadow Heights High School, Highway 72 in Patton, Mo.
Dec. 11 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church, 3652 State Highway Z in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Dec. 12 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Holcomb High School, 102 Cherry St. in Holcomb, Mo.
Dec. 12 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at Southland High School, 500 S. Main in Cardwell, Mo.
Dec. 12 from 2-6 p.m. at Woodland High School, Route 5 in Marble Hill, Mo.
Dec. 12 from 3-7 p.m. at Lee Hunter Elementary School, 315 Baker Lane in Sikeston, Mo.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.