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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Severe winter weather affects Red Cross blood donations as National Blood Donor Month begins

  • ASHLEY-Less than one week into National Blood Donor Month, severe winter weather has forced the cancellation of American Red Cross blood drives in many parts of the United States.
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  • ASHLEY-Less than one week into National Blood Donor Month, severe winter weather has forced the cancellation of American Red Cross blood drives in many parts of the United States.
    Since Jan. 2, about 125 blood drives have been canceled in 17 states, resulting in nearly 4,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
    "The Red Cross blood supply is currently sufficient to meet hospital demand, but winter is always a challenging time to ensure enough blood and platelets are on the shelves" said
    Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, Red Cross Northeast Division. "While the severe winter weather impacts donation opportunities, hospital patients still need transfusions of blood and platelets."
    As residents are able to return to normal activities and it's considered safe to travel, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a blood or platelet donations appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
    Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients in need, especially types O negative, B negative and A negative. Platelet donations are also needed as they must be transfused within in five days of donation and must be constantly replenished.
    Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
    Tuesday, Jan. 14
    Grace Episcopal Church
    12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    827 Church Street, Honesdale
    Wednesday, Jan. 15
    Beach Lake Free Methodist Church
    1 p.m.-6 p.m.
    107 Milanville Road, Beach Lake
    Friday, Jan. 17
    Hamlin Bingo
    1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Route 590, Hamlin
    Saturday, Jan. 25
    North Wayne Fire Department
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    1663 Crosstown Highway, Lakewood
    How to donate blood
    Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
    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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
    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.
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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