Red Cross critically needs donors after winter weather adds to severe blood shortage
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.
Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.
Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he received 115 blood products. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron, so he encourages others to give.
“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.”
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
1/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St Lukes Lutheran Church, 1364 Church Rd
2/1/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Taylorsville YMCA, 260 Black Oak Ridge Road
1/26/2017: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 352 Central St
2/2/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hancock Surgery Center, 1031 Morganton Blvd SW
2/14/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 315 Greenhaven Drive
2/13/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Yadkin Baptist Church, 2044 Roby Martin Rd.
1/26/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran, 200 S. Main Street
1/23/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 North Center St
1/31/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 547 6th Street NW
2/1/2017: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Treasure’s Vision, 2439 N Center Street
2/4/2017: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Hickory Elks Lodge, 365 Main Avenue NW
2/6/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, 3702 16th Street NE
2/13/2017: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Penelope Baptist Church, 3310 Main Ave NW
2/1/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., St James Lutheran Church, 1942 St James Church Rd
2/3/2017: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 South Brady Ave