Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 600 Red Cross blood drive cancellations and nearly 20,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. In Georgia, severe winter weather forced the cancellation of more than 50 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in about more than 2,000 fewer than expected blood and platelet donations.
Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B negative — are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall.
The Bulloch County chapter of the American Red Cross has a total of nine blood drives on the schedule for the month of February. One of those drives is today at Viracon for employees only. Employees are urged to donate blood in the Presentation Room from 2 until 6 p.m. today.
Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO of the Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region, said “It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits. Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather. Now we invite those previously ‘frozen out’ from giving blood or platelets to come in soon.”