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Donors needed to replenish Red Cross blood supply

Urgent need for blood donors with types O, A negative and B negative

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OHIO VALLEY — The American Red Cross needs blood donors to help restock the blood supply this month. Severe winter weather throughout January across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.


“Blood products were distributed to hospitals as quickly as the donations came in,” said Carolyn Kean, community CEO of the Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. “The extraordinary number of cancellations in January was the equivalent of the Red Cross having to shut down its national operations for more than an entire day.”


On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. With additional winter weather already forecasted for this area and other parts of the country in the next week or two, all blood types are currently needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients.


Individuals who live in an area not impacted by the latest round of winter weather are urged to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply. Others are urged to donate blood when they can safely travel.


“Just as people get out before a storm to buy milk, eggs and bread, the Red Cross is urging individuals to donate blood after a storm when it is again safe to travel,” Kean said.


There is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with these blood types are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to give in the coming days.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Wednesday, Feb. 5

Huntington, W.Va.: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marshall University Memorial Student Center, 1 John Marshall Drive


Jackson, Ohio: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jackson High School, 500 Vaughn Street


Russell, Ky.: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Russell High School, 710 Red Devil Lane


Thursday, Feb. 6

Huntington, W.Va.: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marshall University Memorial Student Center, 1 John Marshall Drive


Proctorville, Ohio: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairland High School, 812 County Road 411


South Charleston, W.Va.: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Charleston High School, 1 Eagle Way


Williamstown, W.Va.: Noon to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 431 Highland Avenue


Friday, Feb. 7

Ashland, Ky.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1021 Carter Avenue


Parkersburg, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 3210 Dudley Ave


South Webster, Ohio: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Webster High School, 10529 St Rt 140


Monday, Feb. 10

Charleston, W.Va.: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Charleston, 2300 MacCorkle Ave


Institute, W.Va.: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., W.Va. State College Student Union, Route 25


Parkersburg, W.Va.: 1 to 6 p.m., Camden Avenue Church of Christ, 2900 Camden Avenue


Tuesday, Feb. 11

Huntington, W.Va.: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard


Louisa, Ky.: 2 to 7 p.m., Lawrence County Community Center, Rt 644


Malden, W.Va.: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Carver Career School, 4799 Midland Drive


Morehead, Ky.: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carl D. Perkins Community Center, Flemingsburg Road


Spencer, W.Va.: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Heritage Park Community Bldg, 110 Church St


Wednesday, Feb. 12

Madison, W.Va.: Noon to 5 p.m., Boone Memorial Hospital, 701 Madison Avenue


Pomeroy, Ohio: 1 to 6 p.m., Mulberry Community Center, 260 Mulberry Ave


Ripley, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jackson General Hospital Learning Center, 122 Pinnell Street


Winfield, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Winfield High School, 3022 Winfield Road


Thursday, Feb. 13

Racine, Ohio: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Southern Local High School - Gym, 920 Elm Street


Ripley, W.Va.: Noon to 6 p.m., Ripley Middle School, 1 W. School Street


Friday, Feb. 14

Ashland, Ky.: Noon to 6 p.m., Ashland Town Center, 500 Winchester Avenue


Parkersburg, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 3210 Dudley Ave


Point Pleasant, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mason County Career Center, 281 Scenic Drive


Saturday, Feb. 15

South Charleston, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Parish, 305 E Street


Monday, Feb. 17

Ashland, Ky.: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., King’s Daughters Office Park, 835 Central Avenue


Mount Gay, W.Va.: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southern W.Va. Community College, 2900 Dempsey Road


How to donate blood


Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

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