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American Red Cross Blood Drives
Updated March 17, 2015 6:38 AM
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(UNDATED) - The American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves.

March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This shortfall follows more than 26,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations in February due to severe weather across 27 states. In the River Valley Blood Blood Services Region approximately 81 blood drives were canceled, causing more than 2,300 blood and nearly 50 platelet donations to go uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

"Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in," said Tim Ryerson, CEO of the River Valley Blood Services Region. "Donors who give now aren't just restocking our shelves; they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need."

The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to make and keep appointments to help restock its shelves.

Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types - O negative, A negative and B negative - are particularly encouraged to give in the days and weeks to come to help replenish the blood supply. Platelets help prevent massive blood loss and are a vital part of cancer and organ transplant treatments. With a shelf life of just five days, platelet donations are especially needed.

Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

To find a convenient donation opportunity and schedule an appointment, donors can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Bartholomew County

Columbus

  • 3/20/2015: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Drive

Brown County

Nashville

  • 3/18/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 East State Road 46

Monroe County

Bloomington

  • 3/17/2015: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Old National Bank, 210 East Kirkwood
  • 3/18/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/19/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/20/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/21/2015: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

Owen County

Spencer

  • 3/30/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Owen County Family YMCA, 1111 W. State Highway 46

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on
Twitter at @RedCross.



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