The Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of blood and platelet donations, and it is asking the public for help, according to a Red Cross news release.
“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” said Red Cross spokeswoman Bernadette Jay. “Donors are critically needed to restock the shelves for patients in their community, as well as areas where donors are unable to give due to inclement weather.”
Hundreds of blood drives have been canceled due to the winter weather so far this month, according to the Red Cross. More than 16,500 blood and platelet donations went uncollected in January in the region.
In Virginia, 41 blood drives were canceled in January causing nearly 1000 fewer donations.
“Every day, no matter the weather, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations to meet the needs of patients,” Jay said.
There are dozens of blood drives around Hampton Roads in the coming weeks. To find one near you, go to the Red Cross blood donation website.