Urgent Need for Blood Donations After March Storms

20150154ac384722b82[1]March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This shortfall follows more than 26,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations in February due to severe weather across 27 states.

The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to make and keep appointments in the coming days. Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O-, A- and B- — are particularly encouraged to give now to help replenish the blood supply.

Platelets help prevent massive blood loss and are a vital part of cancer and organ transplant treatments. With a shelf life of just five days, platelet donations are especially needed.

Eligible donors with types O-, A- and B- blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
  • Kohelet Yeshiva High School, 3/19/2015 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., 223 N. Highland Avenue, Lower Merion, PA
  • Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, 3/22/2015 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park PA
  • Temple Sinai, 3/17/2015 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 1401 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA


Full Southeastern Pennsylvania list:

Montgomery Blue Bell PA 3/20/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Whitpain Township Building, 960 Wentz Road
Montgomery Dresher PA 3/17/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai, 1401 Limekiln Pike
Montgomery Elkins Park PA 3/19/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., McKinley Elementary School, 370 Cedar Road
Montgomery Elkins Park PA 3/22/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, 7763 Old York Road
Montgomery Glenside PA 3/18/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Copper Beech Elementary School, 825 N. Easton Road
Montgomery Jenkintown PA 3/18/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Manor College, 700 Fox Chase Road
Montgomery Kulpsville PA 3/16/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wawa Operations Office, 1555 Bustard Road
Fort Washington PA 3/17/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 1100 Virginia Drive, 1100 Virginia Drive
Gwynedd Valley PA 3/16/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Gwynedd Mercy University, 1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley PA 3/16/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Gwynedd Mercy University, 1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley PA 3/17/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Gwynedd Mercy University, 1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley PA 3/17/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Gwynedd Mercy University, 1325 Sumneytown Pike
Montgomery Lansdale PA 3/20/2015: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Abington Health Lansdale Hospital, 100 Medical Campus Dr.
Montgomery Lansdale PA 3/20/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Abington Health Lansdale Hospital, 100 Medical Campus Dr.
Montgomery Lower Merion PA 3/19/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Kohelet Yeshiva High School, 223 N. Highland Avenue
Montgomery North Wales PA 3/16/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lansdale School of Business, 290 Wissahickon Avenue
Montgomery Oreland PA 3/17/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Montgomery Pottstown PA 3/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Comfort Inn, 99 Robinson Street
Montgomery Roslyn PA 3/18/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. John of the Cross, 2801 Woodland Road
Plymouth Meeting PA 3/16/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, 201 E. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting PA 3/16/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church on the Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike

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