Blood shortages often worsen in the winter, but the need never stops.
The recent winter weather and below-freezing temperatures meant that more than 150 blood drives had to be canceled, causing more than 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
Although all blood types are now in short supply, the need for platelets and Type O-Negative and B-Negative blood donations are particularly urgent.
Blood donations had been down even before the onset of winter weather.
"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. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives. Through the Make a Difference campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets this month at Red Cross blood drives in CT (and in other New England states and parts of New York) will receive a $5 DD Card. 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.
In 2016, there were 67,692 Bonfils blood donors, which added up to 142,214 blood donations made in Colorado that year.
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.
There's an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types across the country.
Please make donating blood a priority on January 15.
Due to the high demand of platelets, Grant said the Red Cross is accepting them seven days a week.