Got blood? The Red Cross needs wintertime donations

City blood stocks are desperate

The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donations.

Last week in North Carolina, 23 blood drives were canceled between Wednesday and Friday when frozen precipitation slicked roadways. "That means we provide blood to all our local hospitals as well as anywhere in the country that may need it for any emergency". She says during November and December the Red Cross was short 28,000 donors from normal levels. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their health history the day they donate using Donor Pass at

"But as a new year begins, our need for regular blood donations to help meet patient needs continues".

"A lot of donors were deterred due to illness", Franklin said.

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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. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

The American Red Cross's supply is running lower than usual.

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 global humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

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