Red Cross: Blood donations still desperately needed

Sherri Mcinney, the Regional Communications Director with the American Red Cross:

“Since the Red Cross issued it’s first-ever blood crisis alert, we’ve witnessed the generosity of blood donors nationwide”. McKinney noting in a press release that “so many have rolled up their sleeves to help ensure patients counting on blood product transfusions can receive lifesaving care without delay”.   

But as winter presses on, the Red Cross blood supply remains at dangerously low levels. They need people to continue making the earliest-available appointments in each community in the weeks ahead to combat threats to the blood supply – like recent severe winter storms across the country – that can challenge the ability of the Red Cross to recover from our worst blood shortage in more than a decade.  

Hundreds of blood drives have been canceled across the country due to winter storms in January, forcing about 6,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Those who come to give blood Feb. 1-28, 2022, will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, thanks to Amazon. (Terms apply. Visit rcblood.org/together.) 

As February approaches, and the effects from the spread of the omicron variant and winter weather persist, people are urged to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets in the weeks ahead by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families.