Winter Weather Causes Severe Drop in Blood Donations During Critical Shortage

Red Cross Puts Call Out For Blood Donations

Red Cross: Need of blood donors is getting increased by the shortage of blood

One blood collector at the Duluth Red Cross said that another thing holding people back is they are intimated to give blood, because they believe it's a hard process when it really isn't. Well, that later date is now, and after an unbelievably cold and snowy start to 2018, the organization says it's experiencing a blood shortage.

While all blood type donations are important, Grant said platelet and type "O" negative and "B" negative blood donations are critically needed right now.

The situation has become so critical the American Red Cross put out an urgent call on January 8 "for blood and platelet donors to help tackle a winter blood shortage".

Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services. "They were doing shopping so that affected blood drives and people giving", Grant said.

In 2016, there were 67,692 Bonfils blood donors, which added up to 142,214 blood donations made in Colorado that year.

"Remember that every time you donate blood you could be saving as many as three people's lives", Gov. Malloy said. The next Independence American Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15 from 1 to 6 p.m.at the First Presbyterian Church, 115 6th Avenue NW.

Isenor says all blood types are needed. Donors can help even more people by inviting a family member, friend or coworker to donate too. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. Sterbens, who received a blood transfusion as a baby, has been donating for five years.

She says ideally they like to have a 5-day supply of blood on hand.

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