— Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves.
March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This shortfall follows more than 26,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations in February due to severe weather across 27 states. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusion.
“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in,” said Guy Triano, donor recruitment director of the Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves, they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need.”
Residents in unaffected areas can help the Red Cross restock its shelves immediately. As a national network, the Red Cross can help ensure blood products are available for patients at local hospitals as well as hospitals throughout the country.
The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to make and keep appointments in the coming days. Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types – O negative, A negative and B negative – are particularly encouraged to give now to help replenish the blood supply.
Platelets help prevent massive blood loss and are a vital part of cancer and organ transplant treatments. With a shelf life of just five days, platelet donations are especially needed. Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.
To find a convenient donation opportunity and schedule an appointment, donors can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
County City State Location
|Hunterdon||Flemington||NJ||3/19/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Route 31|
|Mercer||Princeton Township||NJ||3/13/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.|
|Mercer||Princeton Township||NJ||3/14/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.|
|Mercer||Princeton Township||NJ||3/17/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.|
|Mercer||Princeton Township||NJ||3/20/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.|
|Mercer||Princeton Township||NJ||3/21/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.,|
|Mercer||Trenton||NJ||3/12/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mercer County Tech Schools Assunpink Center, 1085 Old Trenton Rd|
|Mercer||Trenton||NJ||3/22/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, 16 Bank Street|
|Middlesex||Edison||NJ||3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Edison VFW Post 3117, 57 National Road|
|Middlesex||Edison||NJ||3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Dover United Methodist Church, 687 New Dover Road|
|Middlesex||Iselin||NJ||3/16/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad, 77 Queen St.|
|Ocean||Beach Haven||NJ||3/19/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department, South Bay Avenue|
|Ocean||Lakehurst||NJ||3/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street|
|Ocean||Lakehurst||NJ||3/11/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street|
|Ocean||Toms River||NJ||3/18/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East|
|Somerset||Basking Ridge||NJ||3/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bridgewater Gurdwara, 977 Washington Valley Road|
|Union||Summit||NJ||3/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue|
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.
About the American Red Cross
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 international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.