Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelets

Published on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:19
Written by the American Red Cross

FARMINGTON - The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donations, as snowstorms, frigid temperatures and the 35-day federal government shutdown have drastically reduced crucial available lifesaving resources.

Over 5,300 blood and platelet donations went uncollected in January as the shutdown led to the cancellation of about 30 federally hosted drives nationwide and many more blood drives were forced to cancel due to severe weather conditions throughout parts of the U.S.

With more storm alerts and weather travel advisories likely in coming weeks, the Red Cross fears additional cancellations and more donors putting off planned donations.

“Disruptions to blood and platelet donations jeopardize the availability of blood for patients who depend on transfusions for survival,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We’re grateful for all those who have come out to give since we issued our emergency call earlier this month.”

All eligible donors, especially platelet and type O blood donors, are urgently needed to help restock blood bank shelves for patients in need. Schedule your donation appointment in minutes by using the Red Cross’s free blood drive app (text “BLOODAPP” to 90999 to download), logging onto RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the app on the day of your donation.

Upcoming blood drives:

New Britain

Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Central Connecticut State University Student Center, Ella Grasso Boulevard

Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., CCSU Student Center

Feb. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.,CCSU Student Center

Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hospital of Central Connecticut, 100 Grand St.

Plainville

Feb. 11, 1-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 56 Redstone Hill

Southington

Feb. 6, 12:30-5:30 p.m., John Weichsel Municipal Center, 196 N. Main St.

Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Connecticut Sikh Association, Inc., 1610 West St.

Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 66 Main St.

Farmington

Feb. 2, 6:30-11:30 a.m., American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave.

Feb. 6, 11:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center

Feb. 9, 6:30-11:30 a.m., American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center

Feb. 12, 10 a.m-3 p.m., Tunxis Community College, 271 Scott Swamp Road, Route 6 and Route177

Feb. 13, 11:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center

Feb. 16, 6:30-11:30 a.m., American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center

Feb. 20, 11:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center

Feb. 23, 6:30-11:30 a.m., American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center

Feb. 27, 11:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Plainville, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:19. Updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:21.