Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Red Cross Puts Call Out For Blood Donations

Red Cross Puts Call Out For Blood Donations Red Cross in urgent need of blood
Marlene Weaver | 11 January, 2018, 06:12

The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donations.

The governor said there's been a drop in blood donations because of recent weather conditions.

The Red Cross says they've had to cancel more than 150 donation events across the country because of weather. Seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively led to more than 28,000 fewer donations being collected than what was needed in November and December, according to the Red Cross.

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to Maine", Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Blood Services, said in a statement. Those who are eligible can donate red blood cells six times a year-you have to wait 56 days in between donations-and platelet donors can give up to 24 times a year.

To download, text BLOODAPP to 90999 or search "Red Cross Blood" in your app store. The gift of blood (the gift of life) is so important and desperately needed. The next Independence American Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15 from 1 to 6 p.m.at the First Presbyterian Church, 115 6th Avenue NW.

Warriors' Stephen Curry slips at shootaround, re-sprains right ankle
Per Warriors PR, Curry will be held out due to a sprained right ankle that he sustained during shootaround earlier today. The Warriors play the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, before traveling to Toronto to take on the Raptors on Saturday.

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.

"My family and I are so thankful for all the blood donors", Hrouda said.

"It lets me know what blood type I am, when the last time I donated was", Papini said. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. O-negative blood in particular is needed since it's the universal blood type that any patient can use.

She says ideally they like to have a 5-day supply of blood on hand.

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