Red Cross critically needs donors after winter weather adds to severe blood shortage

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Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.

Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Since the beginning of the year, snow and icy roads forced five blood drives to cancel in the Appalachian Region, causing about 86 donations to go uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he received 115 blood products. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron, so he encourages others to give.

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.”

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

 

— Submitted by Bernadette Jay

 

Blacksburg

Jan. 23: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Jan. 24: 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Jan. 25: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Jan. 27: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Jan. 28: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Jan. 29: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Jan. 30: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Jan. 31: 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Jan. 31: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center, 31H Graduate Life Center

Feb. 1: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 1: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Tech Squires Cmnwlth Ballroom, College Avenue

Feb. 3: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 4: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 5: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 6: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 7: 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 8: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 10: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 11: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 12: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 13: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 14: 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 15: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main St.

Feb. 15: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Tech Lee Hall, 570 Washington St.

 

Christiansburg

Jan. 26: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1845 Cambria St.

Feb. 4: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., New River Valley Community Church, 2455 Peppers Ferry Road

Feb. 8: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Christiansburg Rec Ctr, 1600 North Franklin St.