Great Lakes Region calling for donors to help blood supply recover

February 22, 2011


Lansing, MI - With this latest round of severe winter storms, the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross has been unable to collect 390 expected blood donations. Region-wide, 10 blood drives across the 65-county coverage area were forced to be cancelled just in the last two days.

“No one knows when they will need blood or blood products,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross.  “With the constant threat of winter storms, it is imperative that donors continue to get out and donate when it is safe for them to do so.”

People are asked to make and keep an appointment to give blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donors with O-Negative, A-Negative and B-Negative blood.

Nationally, the winter weather has caused a shortfall of more than 32,000 blood donations since January 1.  People have been responding to the call for blood donors, and the American Red Cross is grateful to those who are stepping up to donate to help build the blood supply back to sufficient levels. The Red Cross distributes blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the United States.