Thursday, August 18, 2022

After severe winter weather, Red Cross announces urgent call for blood donations

WILMINGTON — After days of severe winter weather in Southeast North Carolina, the American Red Cross announces an urgent call for blood and platelet donations.

Last week’s winter storms had a significant impact on blood donations already this year. According to the Red Cross, in North Carolina 23 blood drives were forced to cancel or close early, causing nearly 600 donations to go uncollected.

“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Clifford Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services.

Seasonal illnesses, hectic holiday schedules and winter storms collectively contributed  to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

“It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today,” said Numark.

Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross RapidPass pre-donation health history online questionnaire, Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 8-31

Brunswick County

Bolivia

1/25/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road

Leland

1/18/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Intracoastal Realty Corporation, 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 107

Oak Island

1/11/2018: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Oceanview United Methodist Church, 8400 E. Oak Island Drive

1/31/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Oak Island Elks Lodge, 102E Dolphin Drive

Shallotte

1/25/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Camp United Methodist Church, 4807 Main St.

Southport

1/11/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Dosher Hospital, 924 Howe St.

New Hanover County

Castle Hayne

1/10/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cape Fear Community College – North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road

Wilmington

1/8/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/10/2018: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/12/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/12/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Hanover Regional Medical Center North &  Airlink Vitalink, 151 Scotts Hill Medical Drive

1/15/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Scotts Hill Baptist Church Cross Point Center Green Room, 185 Scotts Hill Loop Road

1/15/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/17/2018: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/18/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Boulevard

1/19/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/19/2018: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Cape Fear Heart Associates, 1415 Physicians Drive

1/22/2018: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Porters Neck Country Club, 8405 Vintage Club Drive

1/22/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/24/2018: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/26/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/29/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., University NC Wilmington, 601 S. College Road

1/29/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

1/30/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., New Hanover Regional Orthopedic Hospital, 5301 Wrightsville Ave.

1/31/2018: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.

Wrightsville Beach

1/30/2018: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wrightsville United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Drive

Pender County

Hampstead

1/13/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hampstead Community Molly Johnson Leaders Save Lives Blood Drive, 15395 U.S. Highway 17

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