The American Red Cross (ARC) has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 37,000 fewer donations were given in November and December than expected, including more than 2,000 here in the Connecticut Blood Services Region.
However, another casualty of the severe weather included blood drives. Almost 90 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,000 blood donations going uncollected.
You can help fix the shortage by scheduling to donate. Blood products already donated are going out faster than donations are coming in, officials said.
IVCC instructor and Red Cross volunteer Steve Swett said, "RapidPass is available which allows donors to log in the day of their appointment and fill out the health history questions. This simple act can have a profound impact on another human being", said Horvath. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every two to three seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Eligible donors with type AB blood are especially needed to donate platelets or plasma.
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Monday, Jan. 30, 11 a.m.to 4 p.m., Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity.
Noon-7 p.m., January 18: Valdosta Blood Donation Center, 2517 Bemiss Road, Suite A.
Friday, Feb. 3, 1 to 6 p.m., Searsport Lions Clubhouse, 44 Prospect St., Searsport.
During the holiday season, the American Red Cross collected about five percent less blood than they had anticipated.