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.
- 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