Winter Weather and Blood Donation Don’t Mix

November 29, 2011

Beat Old Man Winter by Giving Blood When the Weather is Good


Having enough blood to meet patient need is a delicate balance between supply and demand.  Unfortunately, winter weather often disrupts this balance.


Please know that when winter weather hits, it forces the cancellation of numerous American Red Cross blood drives locally and across the country.


You can help meet the needs of local hospital patients by giving blood before winter weather strikes and as soon as safely possible after the storm.


Think outside the box this holiday season.  The perfect gift is at your nearest American Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center.  And, unlike the latest fashion trend, video game or golf club, it costs nothing but an hour of your time. When you donate blood, you give the perfect gift - another hug, another laugh, another smile, another chance - to someone in need of blood.


All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.


Plus, through mid-December, all those who attempt to donate blood at Red Cross donation centers in St. Louis, Columbia, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, and southern Illinois can enter a chance to win two tickets to an upcoming St. Louis Rams regular season home game.  Drawings will be held two weeks prior to the game.  

Don’t let Old Man Winter keep you down, get out and do something good for yourself and your community – give blood with the Red Cross.



How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. 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. For more information, please visit or join our blog at