Red Cross Faces Blood Shortage

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"In Virginia, three blood drives were forced to cancel due to last week's winter storm, causing more than 50 donations to go uncollected", Bernadette Jay, External Communications Manager of Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications for the American Red Cross Blood Services, said in an email statement.

American Red Cross Blood Drives in Peru are noon-5:15 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

The blood center only carries a two-day supply of O-negative blood, a crucial and rare blood type that is compatible with any patient, and is in need of platelet donors.

"If you are eligible to, please consider donating at an upcoming blood drive or call the Red Cross to make an appointment", he added. Seasonal illnesses have also impacted blood donations by contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than were needed in November and December.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center has asked the community to donate O negative blood.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides global humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. Donors must be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms, must eat well prior to the donation and present a photo ID at the time of the donation.

In 2017, Red Cross responded to more than 270 house fires and helped hundreds of families in San Antonio. O-negative is a crucial - and rare - blood type because it is compatible with any patient.

The Red Cross is looking for people to donate all blood types.

The Modesto Blood Donation Center, at 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave., has donation opportunities from 8:15 3:30 p.m. Friday; 7:45 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday; 12:15 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Monday; 11:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 12:15 p. - 7:15 p.m. Wednesday; and 10:45 a.m. -6 p.m. Thursday.

Additional drives are also scheduled to take place in areas surrounding northern Macomb and St. Clair counties.

Newman Fire Department, 1162 N St., 2 p.m. -6:30 p.m. January 24.

Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye Ave., 8 a.m. -4 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. -6 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. -4 p.m. January 20.