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Red Cross Critically Needs Donors After Winter Weather Adds To Severe Blood Shortage

01/18/2017 at 12:34 | Posted by webmaster

(January 18, 2017) – Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.

Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Since the beginning of the year, snow and icy roads forced 42 blood drives to cancel in the Mid-Atlantic Region, causing about 1,141 donations to go uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he received 115 blood products. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron, so he encourages others to give.

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.”

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

NC

Beaufort

Washington

1/25/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Harvest Church, 2020 W 15th Street

1/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Beaufort County Department of Social Services, 632 West 5th Street

2/1/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beaufort County Schools, 321 Smaw Rd.

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Bertie

Merry Hill

1/23/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lawrence Academy, 148 Avoca Farm Road

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Carteret

Beaufort

2/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ann Street United Methodist Church, 500 Ann Street

Harkers Island

1/27/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, 1007 Island Road

Morehead City

1/25/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St.

Newport

1/27/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Newport Moose Lodge, 456 Roberts Road

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Craven

Havelock

2/3/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 305 U.S., HIGHWAY 70 EAST

2/10/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Havelock Moose Family Center, 1007 East Main Street

New Bern

2/4/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., No. 7 Township Fire Department, 1705 Old Cherry Point Road

2/9/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Craven Community College, 800 College Court

2/10/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Bern Mall, 3134 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard

2/10/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., River Bend Country Club, 94 Shoreline Drive

2/15/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Broad Creek Christian Church, 45 Olympia Rd

Vanceboro

1/28/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Old Fire Department, Old Fire Department, 102 First Street

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Duplin

Albertson

1/29/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Albertson Fire Department, 732 Sheep Pasture Rd

Rose Hill

1/23/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Island Creek Baptist Church, 237 Pasture Branch Rd.

Wallace

1/25/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Murphy Family Ventures, 5752 Hwy 117 S.

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Jones

Trenton

1/24/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Trenton United Methodist Church, 107 N Market St.

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Lenoir

Kinston

1/31/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Northwest/902 Church, 2009 Carey Rd.

2/6/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Caswell Center, 2415 West Vernon Avenue

2/6/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Southwood Memorial Christian Church, 1027 Hwy. 58 South

2/8/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Airport Road

2/8/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Woodmen Community Center, 2602 West Vernon Ave

2/12/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bethel Free will Baptist Church, 1936 Banks School Rd.

2/14/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Kinston Public Service Complex, 2360 Hwy 258 South

La Grange

1/23/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Frink Alumni Building, 5766 Aldridge Store Road

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Martin

Williamston

1/30/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Martin County Auditorium/Riverside High School, 1260 Godwin Avenue

1/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Martin General Hospital, 310 South McCaskey Road

2/11/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Piney Grove Baptist Church, 2925 Piney Grove Church Road

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Onslow

Holly Ridge

2/8/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Snap Fitness, 624 US Hwy 17 S

Jacksonville

2/5/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Infant of Prague, 205 Chaney Ave.

2/12/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Lafayette Masonic Lodge, 305 Chaney Avenue

2/13/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., DSS Training Center, 1245 Hargett Street

Swansboro

2/9/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center, 300 Taylor Notion Rd

2/13/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Swansboro First Baptist Church, 614 West Corbett Ave

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Pamlico

Bayboro

2/9/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pamlico High School, 601 Main Street

Grantsboro

1/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grantsboro Town Hall, 10648 NC Highway 55

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Pitt

Greenville

1/24/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., ECU Willis Building, East Carolina University, East Fifth Street

1/24/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Allied Health Science Building-Laupas Library Entrance, Health Science Campus, W. 5th/Hwy 43 N.

1/24/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive

1/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center, West 10th Street, East Carolina University

1/26/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center, West 10th Street, East Carolina University

1/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Vidant Medical Center, 2100 Stantonsburg Road

1/27/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive

1/31/2017: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center, West 10th Street, East Carolina University

1/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive

2/1/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Public Works Bldg., 1500 Beatty Street

2/2/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center, West 10th Street, East Carolina University

2/4/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive

2/7/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Brody School of Medicine, 600 Moye Blvd

2/7/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive

2/10/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., J.H. Rose High School, 600 West Arlington Blvd

2/13/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pitt County – NC Courts, 100 W 3rd Street

2/14/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive

Winterville

2/7/2017: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Pitt Community College Craig Goess Student Center, 1986 Pitt Tech Road

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Tyrrell

Columbia

2/13/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Eastern 4-H Center, 100 North Clover Way

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Washington

Plymouth

1/23/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Plymouth Church Of Christ, 905 Washington Street

1/24/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Plymouth High School, 800 East Main Street

How to help Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. 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. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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