The American Red Cross is asking for more donors to help restock the blood supply after winter weather in January caused numerous cancellations of blood drives across the country.
The organization says 770 blood drives were canceled and it resulted in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
In our area, the weather caused the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region to cancel over 40 blood drives in January and a loss of more than 1,100 blood donations.
The Red Cross says there is urgent need for blood types: O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative.
The Red Cross says they must collect, on average, about 15,000 units of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
How to donate blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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.