Red Cross blood drives canceled due to severe winter weather

March 7, 2018
PHILADELPHIA (March 7, 2018) — Due to severe weather, all American Red Cross blood drives in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey scheduled for March 7, 2018, have been canceled, and all Red Cross blood donation centers in the states are closed today.
Today’s cancellations, coupled with last week’s storms and power outages have resulted in approximately 4,400 units of blood and platelets to go uncollected across the United States, including more than 1,000 units in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
When it’s considered safe to travel, eligible donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.
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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross