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Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help

Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help

The winter season is usually tough, but severe winter storms have been making it even harder, forcing the Red Cross to cancel blood drives throughout the region. More than 150 blood drives have already been cancelled this year causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. "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 all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a critical need for type O-negative and platelets.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in recognizing National Blood Donor Month this January.

The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is located on Level 1 of the Riverlink Medical Centre. O-negative, the universal blood type that's always in high demand, can be given to patients of any blood type.

"The need is constant, and hospital patients don't get a vacation from blood transfusions, " explained Red Cross Communications Manager Sue Thesenga. By giving platelets regularly, donors can help patients kick cancer and recover from other life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

"What better way to inspire your team than to set a blood donation goal or challenge as part of the Blood Service's Red25 program?"

"Hospitals don't take snow days, and neither do we", said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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