American Red Cross In Need Of Blood Donors, Officials Say

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More than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel because of it, causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

To remind the community of the continued need for blood donations, the Alamo Quarry Market will light their iconic smoke stacks red through January 8.

Local blood supplies could be shifted to other parts of the country in response to shortages, she said.

The Red Cross is desperate to find 10 whole blood donors and five plasma donors who can give blood at the Ipswich donor centre as soon as possible.

The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The weather cancellations are in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu and hectic holiday schedules that contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what the Red Cross needed in November and December.

There is a critical need for types O-negative and B-negative, as well as platelets.

The Red Cross encourages individuals to make a donation appointment and to complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire to help speed up the donation process.

O-negative is a universal blood type, meaning that it can be given to a patient no matter what blood type they have. However, Kulman says anyone who is sick should delay donating blood until they feel better. There's also a Blood Donor App.