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American Red Cross in need of blood after donation drop
American Red Cross in need of blood after donation drop

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The American Red Cross is trying to rebound after a devastating drop in donations caused by severe winter weather.

From Jan. 2 through Feb. 10, the organization says more than 1,000 of its blood drives nationwide were canceled, leading to a loss of about 35,000 blood and platelet donations.  The Red Cross says the impact is equivalent to the organization shutting down its national operations for more than two full days. 

“On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day to help patients nationwide,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “Regardless of the weather, patients are counting on blood products to be there when needed.”

The Red Cross says nationwide, donations in January were down about 10 percent when compared to the typical January.  All blood types are needed to help restock Red Cross shelves.  Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, are also urgently donated.

 

If you’d like to help, here are the blood drives scheduled in your area:

  • Feb. 20, 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.:  Intersection Ministries, Holland
  • Feb. 21, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Grand Haven First Presbyterian Church
  • Feb. 24, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: MSU- Secchia Campus, Grand Rapids
  • Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Holland Event Center
  • Feb. 28, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Bethany Christian Reformed Church, Holland
  • March 3, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Davenport University, Kentwood
  • March 4, 9:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Beacon Hill at Eastgate, Grand Rapids
  • March 5, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Herrick District Library, Holland
  • March 6, 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.: North Ottawa Community Hospital, Grand Haven
  • March 7, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Intersection Ministries, Holland
  • March 7, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: American Legion, Otsego
  • March 10, 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Hope Reformed Church, Grand Haven
  • March 11, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Hopkins High School
  • March 11, 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Saugatuck High School
  • March 12, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: United Church of Wayland
  • March 13, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.: Holland Aquatic Center
  • March 13, 12 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.: First Baptists Church of Spring Lake
  • March 14, 12 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Hanley Christian Reformed Church, Grandville
  • March 14, 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church, Hudsonville
  • March 15, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Fox Powersports, Kentwood
  • March 17, 12 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.: Third Reformed Church, Holland
  • March 18, 11:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.: American Red Cross, 1050 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • March 18, 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.: American Red Cross, 270 James Street, Holland

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit  redcrossblood.org for more information