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Red Cross is in need of blood

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The American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations.

There is an urgent need for platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B negative to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall. Eligible donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to give in the coming days. Families of cancer patients, accident victims and many others are counting on the generosity of volunteer blood donors.

Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were canceled across the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8, 400 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 2.  Locally, severe winter weather forced the cancellation of 10 Red Cross blood drives, resulting about 258 fewer than expected blood and platelet donations.

“It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Linda Voss, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. “Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather. Now we invite those previously ‘frozen out’ from giving blood or platelets to come in soon.”

 Here are some of the blood drive happening today:

Rockville American Red Cross
Feb 16, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11820 Parklawn Dr
Rockville, MD

Washington D.C. American Red Cross
Feb 16, 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
2025 E St NW
Washington, DC

The Elms of Oakton
Feb. 16 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
3223 Arrowhead Circle, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment.
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