Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors; list of blood donation opportunities for January
4:17 AM, Jan 4, 2017
6:42 AM, Jan 4, 2017
PHOENIX - The Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood donations after experiencing a severe winter blood shortage.
The organization says they had 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed due to busy schedules, bad weather and forced cancellations of blood drives.
"Blood donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on," Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services said in a media release. "We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in."
In hopes of making up the shortage, several blood donation opportunities are scheduled through the month of January.