Every year the American Red Cross celebrates the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare in January—National Blood Donor Month. In 2014, Blood Donor Month is proving to be even more significant than in previous years due to the critical need.
Less than one week into National Blood Donor Month, severe winter weather has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives across 25 states, resulting in a shortfall of thousands of blood and platelet donations.
Due to the shortfall, the Red Cross has an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with these blood types are encouraged to make an appointment to give in the coming days.
Patients like nine year old Mae Rainey are counting on the donations of generous people who roll up their sleeves to give the Gift of Life. Mae lives with the condition Beta Thalassemia, and she receives blood transfusions about every three to four weeks. Mae’s dad Bryan is a regular blood donor. Mae’s big brothers Josh and Caleb donated blood for the first time in December.
On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. The Carolinas Blood Services Region is encouraging all eligible blood and platelet donors to make a New Year’s resolution to help save lives now, during Blood Donor Month, and throughout the year.
Please encourage other donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.
Story by: Kara Dudley
Communications Program Manager