South Texas in desperate need of blood donors as supplies run low

Ray Weaver
January 9, 2018

Snow and bad weather are significantly impacting Michigan Blood's ability to collect blood, both due to canceled blood drives and donors who feel it unsafe driving in bad conditions.

Because of the loss of donors, the Red Cross has seen more than 28,000 fewer donations over the last two months, and is in urgent need of blood and blood-platelet donations.

"The need is constant, and hospital patients don't get a vacation from blood transfusions, " explained Red Cross Communications Manager Sue Thesenga.

As a result, the organization is ramping up its local commemorations of National Blood Donor Month for January like the red smokestacks at the Quarry.

Additionally, hectic holiday schedules in November and December contributed to almost 550 fewer blood drives hosted by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators than the two previous months.

Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.

"We are profoundly grateful for all of you - from those who roll up a sleeve to give, to those who donate funds so that the Red Cross can meet patient needs". RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

"It's an important blood type for emergency situations", Lewis said.

"We know the weather conditions can discourage people from going out and cause them to cancel appointments, but we really need people to keep those appointments", said Kristen Lane, marketing lead for Central Blood Bank.

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