There is a blood drive set for 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday, January 16 at the First United Methodist Church, Maryville. The Red Cross has reported that more than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel due to extreme weather causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
The American Red Cross is putting out the word that they need blood donations.
January is National Blood Donor Month, a campaign started by the American Red Cross in 1970 to promote winter blood donations across the country.
Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.
"Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", Clifford Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services, said in a statement. Through the Make a Difference campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets this month at Red Cross blood drives in CT (and in other New England states and parts of New York) will receive a $5 DD Card. It can be given to patients of any blood type. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, and now Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in.
"Right now, many people are sick and unable to donate because they are not feeling well".
The plasma type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.
The Red Cross encourages individuals to make a donation appointment and to complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire to help speed up the donation process.
One of the best types of bloods to donate is O Negative as it can be used on anyone.