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Red Cross makes urgent call for blood, platelet donations

Major shortage raises need during National Blood Donor Month, severe weather forces blood drive cancellations causing thousands of donations to go uncollected

 

January 10, 2018



Press release

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than...



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