(KFVS) - The American Red Cross says the severe winter weather last week forced the cancellation of around 20 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a shortfall of more than 1,200 blood and platelet donations through the region.
Now that the storm has passed, eligible donors are encouraged to donate to help offset the current shortfall and ensure a stable supply.
“While inclement winter weather can hinder blood and platelet donations, patients’ needs for these lifesaving blood products is constant.” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “Now that the severe weather has subsided, we encourage eligible donors to give and help ensure patients’ needs continue to be met.”
According to the Red Cross, all blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. Platelets are also in great need as they have a shelf life of just five days and must be replenished regularly.