There's still time! January is National Blood Donor Month

There's still time! January is National Blood Donor Month

The bitterly cold start to the New Year has resulted in a critical shortage of blood donations, and the American Red Cross is now urging the public to roll up its sleeves and help out. Blood drives all over our area were cancelled when the winter weather hit last week and that left the region's blood supply in trouble.

While response to the blood center's announcement brought in more donors, the debilitating flu season and spike in traffic fatalities due to recent heavy rains caused the supply of O-negative blood to quickly head back to a one-day reserve, notes Mr. Magaña.

The Red Cross tries to prioritize locally, but can distribute blood to hospitals all over the country. "They have a need for donors to come in and donate either blood or platelets and it will go to local area hospitals first and can then go where needed", she said. "It's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that's why we're asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today".

However, the only way patients in need can receive blood transfusions is through voluntary blood donation and blood drives, making these vital events.

There's still time for you to save lives!

Bad weather, illness and people traveling have contributed to a nationwide shortage of blood for medical procedures, Red Cross officials said this week.

Blood donors can use RapidPass to complete pre-donation readings and health history questionnaires online at prior to the blood drive.

Chesterfield Township: Noon to 5:35 p.m. January 23 at the Chesterfield Township Library, located at 50560 Patricia St.

February 6 - 10:45 a.m. -5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 211 E 12th St. Because of a heating issue, the most recent Red Cross collection sites temporarily have been moved.

Chesterfield Township: 2:30 8:15 p.m. January 24 at Dean A. Naldrett Elementary School, located at 47800 Sugarbush Road. There will be blood drives at 30 different Food City stores in 16 counties.



Related Posts

Blumenthal, Murphy Fight For Puerto Rico
The biggest shock came upon realizing that all mini-bag and mini-bag plus products were coming from Puerto Rico , Thompson said. Baxter says it's been shipping those to USA hospitals since October, but hospital officials say that hasn't been enough.

Tiffany Haddish delivers epic 17-minute acceptance speech at NYFCC Awards
Tiffany Haddish had a great 2017. "But they coming, 'cause I kicked the fucking door open". To get in Girls Trip was absolutely fantastic . "I'm thankful for the critics".

Wells Fargo profit boosted by one-time tax benefit
It increased, as 59 investors sold BIIB shares while 283 reduced holdings. 79 funds opened positions while 239 raised stakes. Hayek Kallen Investment Management's holdings in Wells Fargo & Co were worth $640,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Local hospital says it's cautiously optimistic about nationwide IV fluid shortage
And Baxter International was given the OK to temporarily import sterile fluids from 6 overseas factories. If you look around pretty much any hospital, you will see an IV.

British crown jewels buried in biscuit tin during WWII
The letters about the audacious plot were from Sir Owen Morshead, the royal librarian, to Queen Mary - the mother of George VI. Though it was known the jewels had been taken to the castle for safekeeping, details had not been widely discussed.

Israel's Netanyahu eyes trade, defence ties on India trip
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that in the coming weeks he will be meeting "with the leaders of three of the four strongest countries in the world".

Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting U.S. in retaliatory move
The tit-for-tat diplomacy fits the recent deterioration in relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Turkey is also angered at US support for Syrian Kurdish militia that it considers to be "terrorists".

IL loses by 7 Iowa in Overtime - Recap, Box score
The Hawkeyes actually led 90-87 with five seconds left, but Trent Frazier tied it up with a three at the buzzer to force overtime. IL coach Brad Underwood feels pretty much the same way about his team. "Consistency has been our problem, " Underwood said.

Gal Gadot to be honoured at Critics' Choice Awards
Gadot spoke about her role as Wonder Woman , saying "She's full of heart, strength, compassion, and forgiveness". Wonder Woman also struggles with her own love and hopes, she gets confused, insecure, and she's not flawless .

Renacci drops out of OH governor's race, plans Senate bid
Should Renacci enter the Senate race, he would face a primary with Cleveland-area businessman Mike Gibbons. Renacci met with the President's "political shop" Wednesday and encouraged him to run for the Senate.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.