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American Red Cross makes urgent request for blood and platelet donations

American Red Cross makes urgent request for blood and platelet donations

Severe winter weather has caused 150 blood drives to cancel, meaning over 5,500 blood and platelet donations go uncollected, the American Red Cross reported.

Twenty-five blood drives across the state were canceled during last week's storm, leaving the Massachusetts Red Cross 681 donations short.

The nonprofit organization was forced to cancel 25 blood drives across MA, causing almost 700 scheduled blood donations to go uncollected, according to a news release Monday.

The American Red Cross is asking people in Central Washington to donate blood in response to potential shortages in the eastern United States.

Extreme winter weather, seasonal illnesses and the busy holiday season contributed to more than 28,000 fewer #blood donations in Nov. & Dec.

"All eligible donors, especially those with type O positive blood, are asked to donate as soon as possible", said Cara Nicolas, Associate Public Information Officer for Hoxworth Blood Center.

And it will support a nationwide effort to boost donations, as January is National Blood Donor Month.

Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand. RapidPass can now be completed on mobile devices and through the Blood Donor App.

While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for types O-negative and B-negative, as well as platelets.

"It's an important blood type for emergency situations", Lewis said. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) may be eligible to donate, although there are height and weight restrictions for people 16 to 18 years old.

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