Red Cross urgently needs blood donations

Phillip Cunningham
January 9, 2018

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

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year.

Of course, in the Norfolk and Coastal areas of Virginia, blood drives scheduled for last week had to be cancelled due to the storm, further hampering the donations there.

"Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", said Patty Corvaia, communications manager of the New York-Penn Red Cross Blood Services Region.

Donors can schedule an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-733-2767. Then if you want to consider the months of November and December leading up to January we saw 28,000 fewer blood donations.

The agency also needs type O negative blood, which is a universal blood type that anyone can receive. Officials say it is especially necessary in emergencies when a blood type isn't known.

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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