Red Cross winter blood shortage reaches critical level

 

Last updated 2/3/2018 at Noon



linklink TEMECULA – Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.

Many upcoming blood donation opportunities are available now through Feb. 15.

The Temecula Wal-Mart at 32225 State Route 79 South will host a blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3

In Menifee, Mt. San Jacinto Community College, 28237 La Piedra Road, will host a blood drive, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5.

linklink In Murrieta, there will be two opportunities to give blood Monday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Power Automedia, 25843 Jefferson Ave., and noon to 6 p.m., at Rancho Springs Medical Center, 25520 Medical Drive, and one opportunity Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Tarbell, 39028 Winchester Road, Suite 101, noon to 6 p.m.


More than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week.

“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” Clifford Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services, said. “Donors are critically needed to restock the shelves for patients in their community as well as areas where donors are unable to give due to inclement weather.”

Every day, no matter the weather, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations to meet the needs of patients like Finnegan “Finn” Olson. Last January, Finn was born with a rare heart condition. He required multiple transfusions before, during and after heart transplant surgery last summer. Transfusions had an almost immediate effect on his personality and skin’s appearance.

“Each time Finn received a transfusion, you could see him pink up right away and have significantly more energy,” his mother, Ali Olson, said. “We credit blood donation with making Finn stronger and helping keep him alive long enough to receive a new heart. Finn is living proof that blood helps save lives.”


linklink Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling (800) 733-2767.

 

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