TODAY IS Monday January 22nd
Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood donations during National Blood Donor Month
Wednesday Jan 24, 2018 12:00pm
• McKenney-Harrison Elementary • Auburn, IN

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. In Indiana, the Red Cross has seen a shortfall of more than 1,400 blood donations.

“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Rodney Wilson of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”

While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.

Remaining blood donation opportunities for January:

1/24/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., McKenney-Harrison Elementary, 320 Van Auken Street

1/25/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Trine University, 1 University Ave.