South Texas 'critically low' on blood donations

City blood stocks are desperate

The American Red Cross issued an urgent call today for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Red Cross officials say ten blood drives in NY were canceled due to last week's winter storm, causing 235 donations to go uncollected.

Of course, in the Norfolk and Coastal areas of Virginia, blood drives scheduled for last week had to be cancelled due to the storm, further hampering the donations there.

To remind the community of the continued need for blood donations, the Alamo Quarry Market will light their iconic smoke stacks red through January 8.

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While all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a critical need for type O-negative and platelets. The weather cancellations are in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu and hectic holiday schedules that contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what the Red Cross needed in November and December. RapidPass can now be completed on mobile devices and through the Blood Donor App. Blood donors should bring photo ID. "Your donations truly save the lives of local patients".

"Hospitals don't take snow days, and neither do we", said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood.

"The need is constant, and hospital patients don't get a vacation from blood transfusions, " explained Red Cross Communications Manager Sue Thesenga.

"What better way to inspire your team than to set a blood donation goal or challenge as part of the Blood Service's Red25 program?"

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