Winter weather leaves Red Cross with urgent need for blood

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 12, 2014 

The same winter weather that paralyzed Atlanta, and affected businesses and schools closer to home has caused an urgent need for blood donations, according to the American Red Cross.

Severe winter weather led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 Red Cross blood drives in 34 states from Jan. 2 to Feb. 10. Collectively, those cancellations are equivalent to two lost days of national Red Cross operations, a news release said.

"On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day to help patients nationwide," said Jerry Tillery, CEO of the Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. "Regardless of the weather, patients are counting on blood products to be there when needed."

There is an urgent need for blood types O-negative, O-positive, B-negative and A-negative.

A blood drive will be held on Hilton Head Island Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway.

Details: 843-422-4985, www.redcrossblood.org

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