Snow Storm Impacts Blood Donations

December 21, 2009



American Red Cross Warns that Snowy Weather Has Impacted Blood Donations, Asks Donors to Schedule Appointments Around Christmas and New Year Holidays.


Roanoke, VA. – December 21, 2009:  Snow and icy weather has seriously hampered blood collections in the Region.  So far blood drive cancellations and low donor turnout have resulted in the loss of over 200 pints of blood donations and 100 platelet donations. Combined with the coming holiday week, when donations typically decline, Red Cross officials are concerned about availability of certain blood types and products. 


The Appalachian Region needs to collect approximately 300 donations every day; reduced collections can have a serious effect on the availability of blood for transfusion. To help ensure that all patients receive the blood they need, the Red Cross is asks eligible blood donors to schedule a donation appointment in the coming days.  There is a special need for type O negative donors to help maintain an adequate inventory. Platelet donors can call 1-866-353-1030 to schedule an appointment. 


For more information on eligibility, the donation process or to schedule an on-line appointment for a blood drive or donor center new and regular donors can visit our new website or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.



Bob Lutjen, Regional Manager, PR/Communications

Ph. 540 985-3563/Cell 540 580-6192