Red Cross critically needs donors after winter weather adds to severe blood shortage

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017
by Laura McGuire

Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.

 

Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Since the beginning of the year, snow and icy roads forced 4 blood drives to cancel in the Badger Hawkeye Blood Services Region, causing about 84 donations to go uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

 

Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he received 115 blood products. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron, so he encourages others to give.

 

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.” 

 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

WI

 

Brown

 

De Pere

1/25/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., St Francis Xavier, 220 S Michigan St

2/16/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., WEL Companies Incorporated, 1625 S Broadway St

2/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Presbyterian Church De Pere, 605 N. Webster St

 

Green Bay

1/16/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/17/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/18/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Rasmussen College, 904 S Taylor St, Suite 100

1/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/20/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

1/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., National Guard Armory, 800 N Military

1/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Clarity Care-Home Care, Clarity Care-Home Health, 2649 Manitowoc Road

1/27/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

1/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/30/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/31/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

1/31/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Lombardi Middle School, Lombardi Middle School, 1520 S Point Road

2/10/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

2/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/13/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/15/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bay Port High School, Bay Port High School, 2710 Lineville Rd

2/16/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/16/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, 825 Morris Ave

2/17/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

2/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/2/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Univ of WI Green Bay Student Union, 2430 Campus Court

2/2/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oneida Family Fitness, 2640 West Point Rd

2/3/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

2/4/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/4/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., St John's Lutheran Church, 2700 Babcock Rd

2/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/9/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

 

Pulaski

1/18/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 135 N St. Augustine Street




 

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Calumet

 

 

Chilton

2/13/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Eagles Club Chilton, 1041 Chestnut

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Door

 

Baileys Harbor

2/18/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bailey's Harbor Town Hall, 2392 County Rd F

 

Brussels

2/10/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southern Door High School, 2073 Cty Rd DK

 

Fish Creek

2/8/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gibraltar High School, 3926 St Hwy 42

 

Sturgeon Bay

1/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 W Maple

1/17/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 W Maple

2/14/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 229 North 14th Ave

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Kewaunee

 

Casco

2/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Luxemburg Casco Middle School, 619 Church Ave

 

Luxemburg

1/30/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Luxemburg Casco High School, 512 Center Drive

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Oconto

 

Oconto Falls

2/15/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Oconto Falls High School, 210 N Farm Rd

2/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Anthony Parish, St. Anthony Parish, 253 N Franklin Street

 

Suring

1/19/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 206 N Burk


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Winnebago

 

Menasha

1/31/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 746 Third St

 

Omro

2/10/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Omro High School, 455 Fox Trail

 

Oshkosh

2/13/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Algoma United Methodist Church, 1174 Algoma Blvd

2/3/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Univ of WI Oshkosh Rec & Wellness Ctr, 735 Pearl Ave

 

 

How to help

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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

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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