Blood do­na­tions

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RICHMOND — The Amer­i­can Red Cross has a se­vere win­ter blood short­age and is is­su­ing an emer­gency call for blood and platelet donors to make a do­na­tion ap­point­ment now and help save pa­tient lives.

Hec­tic holiday sched­ules for many reg­u­lar blood donors con­trib­uted to about 37,000 fewer do­na­tions in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber than what was needed. Snow­storms and se­vere weather have also im­pacted do­na­tions. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to can­cel in De­cem­ber, re­sult­ing in more than 3,100 blood do­na­tions go­ing un­col­lected.

“Blood and platelet do­na­tions are crit­i­cally needed in the com­ing days so that pa­tients can con­tinue to re­ceive the life­sav­ing treat­ments they are count­ing on,” said Ber­nadette Jay, ex­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager of the lo­cal Red Cross Blood Ser­vices Re­gion. “We en­cour­age donors to in­vite a fam­ily mem­ber or friend to do­nate with them to help meet pa­tient needs. Right now, blood and platelet do­na­tions are be­ing dis­trib­uted to hos­pi­tals faster than they are com­ing in.”

In the Tri-City area, the fol­low­ing blood drive is sched­uled:

■ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon­day, Jan. 16, at Ma­sonic Tem­ple- Eureka #15, 1004 Hal­i­fax St., Peters­burg.

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