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Red Cross Extends Blood Donation Center Hours To Increase Donations Following Severe Winter Weather

River Valley

January 8, 2014
 

Urgent need for platelet, blood donors with types O, A negative and B negative

 

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 280 blood drives across 25 states, including Kentucky and Indiana, were canceled across the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8, 400 blood and platelet donations since January 2.

 “It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Tim Ryerson, CEO of the Red Cross River Valley 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.

 The following blood donation centers will have extended hours for a limited time to allow donors more opportunity to give at fixed site locations.

 

 

Location

Date

Day

Normal Hours

Extended Hours

Downtown Louisville

 520 E. Chestnut Street

January 10, 2014

Friday

8a.m.-2p.m.

8a.m.-3p.m.

Louisville, East End

291 N. Hubbards Lane

January 11, 2014

Saturday

9a.m.-1p.m.

9a.m.-2p.m.

Jeffersonville, IN

1805 E. 8th Street

January 13, 2014

Monday

1p.m.-6p.m.

Noon-6p.m.

Elizabethtown

405 West Dixie Highway

January 9, 2014

January 13, 2014

January 16, 2014

Thursday

Monday

Thursday

Noon-6p.m.

11a.m.-6p.m.

Bloomington

1600 W. Third St.

January 9, 2014

Thursday

Noon-6p.m.

11a.m.-6p.m.

Bloomington

1600 W. Third St.

January 10, 2014

Friday

8a.m.-2p.m.

8a.m.-3p.m.

Bloomington

1600 W. Third St.

January 15, 2014

Wednesday

Noon-6p.m.

11a.m.-6p.m.

Bloomington

1600 W. Third St.

January 16, 2014

Thursday

Noon-6p.m.

11a.m.-6p.m.

Bloomington

1600 W. Third St.

January 17, 2014

Friday

8a.m.-2p.m.

8a.m.-3p.m.

 

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. To schedule a platelet donation, please call 502-540-7072. 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 Kentucky and Indiana), 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.

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