Winter storms and the flu do not just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they cannot keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.
In 2018, severe winter weather has forced approximately 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.
Blood and platelet donations are needed in the coming days to help replenish the blood supply and ensure patients continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Donors can help even more patients when they invite a loved one, friend or co-worker to give with them. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting www.redcrossblood.org, or calling 1(800) 733-2767.
There are several upcoming opportunities for Shiawassee County residents to donate to the American Red Cross blood collection effort:
• On Tuesday, Feb. 13, there will be a blood collection drive from noon to 5:45 p.m. at the Corunna Community Center in McCurdy Park, 457 Emma Dr., Corunna.
• On Thursday, Feb. 15, Durand VFW Post 2272 will host a blood drive from noon to 5:45 p.m. at the post, which is located at 923 N. Saginaw St., Durand.
• On Friday, Feb. 16, Memorial Healthcare in Owosso will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at its campus, located at 826 W. King St. in Owosso.
• On Thursday, Feb. 22, the Perry Baptist Church will host a blood drive from noon until 5:45 p.m. at the church, located at 217 S. Main St. in Perry.
• On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Durand High School will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the high school, located at 9575 E. Monroe Rd. in Durand.