American Red Cross makes urgent request for blood and platelet donations

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Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations. More than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel.

The American Red Cross says a shortage in blood donations for this winter was only made more dire by last week's blizzard.

Extreme winter weather, seasonal illnesses and the busy holiday season contributed to more than 28,000 fewer #blood donations in Nov. & Dec.

Michigan Blood stated there is now an urgent need for all blood types and a special need for O-negative blood, the universal donor, which has dangerously low levels. The Red Cross' Danvers facility on Rosewood Drive is open every day for the rest of the month.

2, the blood center is only projected to receive 53 percent of its normal weekly donations in the coming week.

By Abby Doughty With a big smile on her face junior Annie Myers passes out stickers to blood donors alongside senior Claire Boone
By Abby Doughty With a big smile on her face junior Annie Myers passes out stickers to blood donors alongside senior Claire Boone

Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.

The Red Cross encourages individuals to make a donation appointment and to complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire to help speed up the donation process.

The Red Cross is desperate to find 10 whole blood donors and five plasma donors who can give blood at the Ipswich donor centre as soon as possible. Students can donate once they're 16 years old and a lot of blood comes from high schools. "So when we can cover our hospital needs we like to help out other hospitals in need", said Busta.

The need for blood is constant, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis.

"We are filling the requirements of blood as fast as they come", Delong said. 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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