American Red Cross officials are urging everyone who is eligible to consider giving blood during a drive today at the Fort Drum USO.
The latest winter storm on the East Coast is causing more blood drive cancellations, and the American Red Cross is urging people in unaffected areas of the country to schedule a blood donation in the coming days.
The Red Cross has issued a nationwide appeal for blood donors to boost a dwindling blood supply. Winter weather caused the loss of thousands of blood and platelet donations throughout the eastern half of the country. The latest snowfall has worsened the situation, with more blood drives cancelled and a total of about 16,400 blood and platelet donations not collected over the last several weeks. The Red Cross has not seen its blood supply drop this dramatically at this time of year over the past 10 years.
People have been responding to the call for blood donors, and the Red Cross hopes that support will continue. Despite the weather, patients continue to need blood. After a prolonged drop in blood donations, it takes time to build the blood supply back to an adequate level.
At Fort Drum, everyone who is eligible is urged to make an appointment to give blood today by calling 772-6561.
Individuals who are at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID to the drive.
All blood types are needed, but there is a particular need for people with negative blood types – O-negative, A-negative and B-negative – to give blood now.
If you have any questions about eligibility or you could like to set up an appointment to donate, call or visit the American Red Cross office in Clark Hall at 772-6561.