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Red Cross calls for blood and platelet donations after severe winter weather impacts collections

  • Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Updated Thursday, January 16, 2014 1:47 pm

The American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations.

Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were canceled across the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8,400 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 2.

Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B negative — are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead.

Call 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 donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Upcoming drivess

Jan. 18 – Oceanside Village, 1711 Hwy. 17 S., Surfside, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jan. 19 – St. Michael Catholic Church, 572 Cypress Ave., Murrells Inlet, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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