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One-two punch of winter storms, canceled blood drives straining Red Cross blood supply

The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations.

 

One-two punch of winter storms, canceled blood drives straining Red Cross blood supply

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 29, 2019) — The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations.

 

In January, more than 4,600 Red Cross blood and platelet donations went uncollected as blood drives were forced to cancel due to severe winter weather blanketing parts of the U.S., and additional cancellations are expected this week. Weather travel advisories may cause even more donors to delay their planned donations. In Ohio, 24 blood drives were canceled due to winter weather in January, resulting in 717 uncollected donations. Donors in areas affected by winter weather are asked to make an appointment now to give once it is safe to travel.

 

The federal government shutdown also affected donations as more than 4 percent of Red Cross blood collections come from drives sponsored by military and local, state and federal government agencies. About 30 blood drives hosted by federal offices were canceled across the country due to the shutdown, leaving more than 900 donations uncollected.

 

“Disruptions to blood and platelet donations jeopardize the availability of blood for patients who depend on transfusions for survival,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “We’re grateful for all those who have come out to give since we issued our emergency call earlier this month and now urge others to come out and give to prevent delays in essential medical care.”

 

Right now, Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and there is less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand. The Red Cross strives to maintain a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

 

All eligible donors, especially donors with type O blood, are urgently needed to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Donation appointments can be easily scheduled by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 29-Feb. 28:

Perry County

 

Corning

1/29/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

2/13/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

2/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

2/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

2/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

 

Somerset

2/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

2/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

2/9/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

2/14/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

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Athens County

 

Albany

2/13/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alexander High School, Alexander High School, 6091 Ayers Road

 

Athens

1/31/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Alden Library-CoLab, Alden Library # 301, 30 Park Place

2/7/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University Baker Center, Ohio University Baker Center, 1 Park Place

2/11/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Green - Grosvenor Hall

2/12/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University General Students, 1 Park Place

2/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., O'Bleness Hospital, 55 Hospital Drive

2/21/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

2/23/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kroger - Athens, 919 E. State St.

2/27/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

2/27/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

 

Coolville

2/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hopewell Health Centers, 25716 Wilson St.

 

Glouster

2/20/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

Nelsonville

2/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

2/26/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rocky Brands Outlet Store, 45 E. Canall Street

 

The Plains

2/18/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Clark County

 

Springfield

1/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cliff Park High School, 821 North Limestone Street

2/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Ohio Masonic Home, 2655 W. National Road

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Coshocton County

 

Conesville

2/19/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Electric Power, 47201  County Road 273

 

Coshocton

2/1/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coshocton County Department of Job and Family, 725 S. 7th Street

2/19/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

2/20/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

 

Fresno

2/6/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Walhonding

2/18/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

2/12/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Johns Branch Library, 116 E. High St

 

Baltimore

2/11/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

2/19/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Post 3761, 2155 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd.

 

Bremen

1/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Lancaster

1/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield County Job & Family Services, 239 W. Main Street

2/4/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

2/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

2/6/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

2/13/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

2/14/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

2/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Christian Academy, 1965 N. Columbus St.

2/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lancaster High School, 1312 Granville Pike

2/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

 

Millersport

2/6/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

2/2/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way

2/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

2/16/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 23 S. Main St.

 

Washington Court House

2/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

2/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave

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Greene County

 

Wilberforce

2/14/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Central State Univ Student Center, 1400 Brush Row Road

 

Xenia

2/10/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Xenia Church of Christ, 444 Country Club Drive

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

2/6/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

1/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Zane State Cambridge, 9900 Brick Church Road

2/19/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

2/26/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

2/26/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

 

Cumberland

2/5/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

 

Quaker City

2/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Quaker City Community, 129 Fair Street

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Harrison County

 

Freeport

2/12/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

1/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

2/19/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Amish Community Blood Drive, 11861 Karnes Road

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Hocking County

 

Logan

1/30/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Logan High School, 14470 Ohio 328

2/17/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6935 Twp Rd. 234

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Licking County

 

Etna

2/28/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

2/20/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

2/21/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College

2/22/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Kendal at Granville, 2158 Columbus Road

2/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 102 E. Broadway

 

Heath

2/22/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Boeing Guidance Repair Center, 801 Irving-Wick Drive West

 

Johnstown

2/18/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

1/29/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/1/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

2/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/8/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/8/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., MedBen, 1821 West Main Street

2/12/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Weslyan Church, 161 Myrtle Ave

2/19/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/22/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/23/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bible Baptist Church, 50 Price Road

2/24/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 11784 Marne Road

2/26/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

2/5/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Bremen Banking Center, 700 Corylus Drive

2/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

 

Utica

2/28/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Madison County

 

London

2/13/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rocking Horse Community Health Center Parking Lot, 212 N. Main St.

2/22/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Blood Drive at Church, 61 S. Union Street

 

Plain City

2/23/2019: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

 

West Jefferson

1/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Morgan County

 

Malta

2/8/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Fourth Street

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Muskingum County

 

Adamsville

2/25/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

Dresden

2/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dresden UMC, 1014 Main Street

 

New Concord

1/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Muskingum University Gym, Comin Street

2/1/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., John Glenn HS, 13115 John Glenn School Road

2/26/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Muskingum University Chess Center, 142 Lakeside Dr

 

Zanesville

2/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

2/25/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

2/26/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zanesville High School, 1701 Blue Avenue

2/26/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Zanesville High School, 1701 Blue Avenue

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

2/7/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

2/8/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Caldwell High School, 516 Fairground Road

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Perry County

 

Corning

1/29/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

2/13/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

2/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

2/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

2/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

 

Somerset

2/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

2/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

2/9/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

2/14/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

1/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike

2/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

2/20/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

 

Williamsport

2/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

2/8/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50

2/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., JR's General Store, 4715 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

1/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Chillicothe High School, 421 Yoctangee Parkway

2/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

2/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

2/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University of Chillicothe - Shoemaker Center, 101 University Drive

2/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, Rt. 23(272 Hospital Rd.)

2/22/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

 

Frankfort

2/9/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

1/29/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Newcomerstown East and West Schools, 517 Beaver Street

 

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

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, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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