American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays when regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Snowstorms and extreme weather conditions in parts of the U.S. have forced dozens of blood drive cancellations and donation center closures. As a result, thousands of blood and platelet donations have gone uncollected.
Donors are urged to give now to ensure that patients don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. Medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays. The Red Cross must collect more than 2,500 platelet and 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
To find a blood drive near you, and to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org. Appointments are encouraged, but not required.
You can donate locally on Monday, January 7th at the Lake Martin Innovation Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Lake Martin Innovation Center
Alexander City, AL 35010