Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations

Close to 100 blood drives were canceled in December due to snowstorms and severe weather, resulting in thousands of blood donations going uncollected.

The Greater Ozarks and Arkansas Blood Services Region was also short on donations, receiving almost 1,000 fewer than expected.

"There's a girl at Akron Children's Hospital who just celebrated her 8th birthday, and she needs blood and platelets every single day", Sampsel said.

"During the holidays we see the hustle and bustle; people are busy or they're planning for time off and traveling, and they just don't make it in to donate", Gargas said.

Eligible blood donors are urged to schedule a donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Nationally, the organization has added almost 200 hours to blood donation centers and community blood drives over the next several weeks. Making a donation appointment and completing an online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help speed the donation process. You can save lives at a community blood drive near you. The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites for more donors to give blood or platelets. "This simple act can have a profound impact on another human being", said Barraza.

The treatments high school freshman Payton Kannarr receives to fight leukemia cause her blood counts to drop. "Type O donors are specifically needed because they are the universal blood type", says Tinin.

Nurses from the Red Cross were at the Poland Library on Friday for the fourth blood drive in the Mahoning Valley in the past two weeks. "Through the care and compassion of donors, Payton has been able to enjoy life as a teenager".

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