Red Cross Offers Blood Drives Due to Shortage

Henrietta Strickland
January 19, 2018

The harsh winter weather has caused shortages in blood for north Alabama agencies.

The American Red Cross says blood supplies are low in January because it's hard for people to donate during the winter. Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Lima, Derek Stemen, said they are in urgent need for blood.

A drive will take place at Onaway High School on January 19th starting at 8:30 am, and on January 23rd at noon at the VFW Post. Hectic holiday schedules, winter weather and an active cold and flu season collectively impacted blood collection. All blood types are needed but Hale says the Red Cross needs type O-Negative, B-Negative, and Type AB.

According to the organization, their team is also taking efforts to find event sponsors such as local businesses and churches.

Hale says even short, temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations diminish the available blood supply at area hospitals. The 30th Annual Carolina Blood Drive will happen in June.

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