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Blood drive cancellations this winter bring urgent call for donations now

Blood drive cancellations this winter bring urgent call for donations now

Canadian Blood Services is asking people in this province to donate blood following the recent 'weather bomb'. Well, that later date is now, and after an unbelievably cold and snowy start to 2018, the organization says it's experiencing a blood shortage.

The American Red Cross is putting out the word that they need blood donations.

Grant said severe winter weather is only one of several factors that has had a tremendous impact on blood donations this year.

Regina Boothe Bratton from American Red Cross says,"We did not collect up to 5,500 blood and platelet donations".

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to Maine", Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Blood Services, said in a statement. The gift of blood (the gift of life) is so important and desperately needed. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.The Red Cross and Dunkin' Donuts are continuing to partner in January to help increase donations and reward donors. "They were doing shopping so that affected blood drives and people giving", Grant said.

The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood donors. Donors can help even more people by inviting a family member, friend or coworker to donate too.

Please make donating blood a priority on January 15. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation and, therefore, are always in high demand.

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