Local Red Cross Calling for 300 More Blood Donors to Help Nation’s Blood Supply Recover from Effects of Severe Winter Weather

February 18, 2011

Local Red Cross calling for 300 more blood donors to help nation’s blood supply recover from effects of severe winter weather

Communities slammed with severe winter weather are looking to Arizona and other states that escaped the worst of the snow storms to help them rebuild the nation’s blood supply. 

A series of storms since January 1 has caused the cancellation of more than 850 Red Cross blood drives and a shortfall of more than 32,000 blood donations nationwide.  Earlier this month, the Arizona Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross had three drives cancelled and was unable to collect 145 units of blood due to several evenings of sub-freezing temperatures.

“The Red Cross distributes blood nationwide, so even though the Arizona Blood Services Region was only slightly affected by the winter storms, our support can help those who were more seriously affected,” said Darrin Greenlee, CEO for the Arizona Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

“We are looking for 300 more donors beyond our normal turnout to donate blood in the next two weeks at the Tucson donor centers,” said Greenlee. “Three hundred is the number of extra donors that we anticipate we can accommodate, and still honor in a timely manner the appointments of those who have already scheduled a donation,” he said. 

All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donors with O-Negative and B-Negative blood.

The donation centers are located at Foothills Mall at 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. and at 7139 E. Broadway.  Hours of operation vary.  Persons are asked to make and keep an appointment to give blood by calling 1-520-230-7295 or visiting redcrossblood.org

The Red Cross distributes blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the United States.  People across the nation have been responding to the call for blood donors, and the Red Cross is grateful to those who are stepping up to donate blood to help the blood supply recover and return to sufficient levels.

How to Donate Blood

Persons who meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and who are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Persons who are 16 and 17 years of age must have parental consent.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross

The Arizona Blood Services Region serves the state of Arizonaand needs to collect about 300 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in 26 hospitals.  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.