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American Red Cross blood crisis intensified by Winter Storms

Hundreds of Blood Drives canceled Due to Storms

American Red CrossNashville, TN – As severe winter storms continue to move through the country, the American Red Cross asks members of the community to schedule the earliest-available blood or platelet donation appointments in their area once it is safe to give.

Dangerous snow and ice conditions have contributed to about 600 blood drive cancellations since the beginning of the year, resulting in nearly 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. In the Tennessee Region, five blood drives have been canceled resulting in about 150 donations uncollected due to the recent storms.

Since the Red Cross issued its first-ever blood crisis in January, thousands of generous donors have come forward to give, but patient care remains at risk. The threat of winter weather continues ? as well as ongoing complications posed by the omicron variant – and could further complicate efforts to rebuild the blood supply.
 
More donors are needed to make appointments now for the weeks ahead to help ensure accident victims, cancer patients, and new mothers experiencing complicated childbirths have access to lifesaving blood product transfusions without delay.
 
Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767).
 
All who come to give blood or platelets from now until February 28th, 2022, will receive a $10.00 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. *

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Kentucky

Christian County

Fort Campbell

2/4/2022: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Blanchfield Army Hospital, 650 Joel Drive

2/28/2022: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Blanchfield Army Hospital, 650 Joel Drive

3/3/2022: 10:00am – 3:00pm, Byrd Health Clinic, 7973 Strike Blvd.

Todd County

Elkton

2/4/2022: 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Elkton Baptist Church, 301 East Main Street

2/17/2022: 8:30am – 1:30pm, Todd Central High School, 806 South Main Street

Tennessee

Cheatham County

Pleasant View

2/22/2022: 1:00pm – 7:00pm, The Livery Stables Event Hall, 1104 Main Street

Dickson County

Charlotte

2/19/2022: 9:00am – 2:00pm, Water Street Church of Christ, 501 Water Street

Dickson

2/24/2022: 1:00pm – 7:00pm, YMCA Dickson, 225 Henslee Drive

3/10/2022: 12:30pm – 5:30pm, Dickson Cumberland Presbyterian, 500 Hwy 70 East


Houston County

Erin

2/14/2022: 1:00pm – 6:00pm, Erin City Hall, 15 Hill Street

Humphreys County

New Johnsonville

3/7/2022: 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Trace Creek Baptist Church, 1320 Broadway Avenue

Waverly

3/3/2022: 2:00pm – 7:00pm, First Baptist Church, 300 Main Street

Montgomery County

Clarksville

2/14/2022: 10:30am – 4:30ppm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

2/16/2022: 10:30am – 4:30ppm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

2/18/2022: 9:00am – 2:00pm, Newton Military Family Resource Center, 426 College Street

2/21/2022: 10:30am – 4:30ppm, Clarksville American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

2/23/2022: 10:30am – 4:30ppm, Clarksville American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

2/28/2022: 10:30am – 4:30ppm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

3/2/2022: 10:30am – 4:30ppm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

3/7/2022: 10:30am – 4:30ppm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

3/9/2022: 10:30am – 4:30ppm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street


Robertson County

Ridgetop

2/24/2022: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Ridgetop First Baptist Church, 1757 Highway 41 South

Springfield

3/7/2022: 12:30pm – 5:30pm, Springfield Baptist Church, 400 North Main Street

White House

2/14/2022: 10:00am – 3:00pm, Colorado Grill, 2747 Highway 31 W

2/15/2022: 2:00pm – 8:00pm, Revolution Church, 3644 Highway 31W

Stewart County

Dover

3/10/2022: 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Fort Donelson United Methodist Church, 420 Church Street

Health Insights for Donors

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet, and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease.

Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity, and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood Drive Safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

How to Donate Blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.


Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.

For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

*Terms apply. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

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