Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.
More than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing more than 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to very low turnout at many blood drives.
“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” said Laura McGuire, external communications manager of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region.“Donors are critically needed to restock the shelves for patients in their community as well as areas where donors are unable to give due to inclement weather.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Racine and Kenosha counties are:
Feb. 8: Union Grove Elementary School, 1745 Milldrum St., Union Grove., 2-6 p.m.
Feb. 21: Todd Wehr Center at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.