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February 12, 2014

Winter weather pushes need for blood donations in Ga.

VALDOSTA — The American Red Cross released the following statement this morning:

Another round of winter weather has hit  parts of Georgia and more American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled.

Nationwide, donations in January 2014 were down about 10 percent when you average typical January donations since 2011. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations come in. All blood types are needed to help restock Red Cross shelves.

There is an urgent need for type O negative, O positive, B negative and A negative blood. Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood.

Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, are also urgently needed. Platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, so

donations are constantly needed.

Please find upcoming blood donation opportunities below. 

Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.at Georgia Military College in Valdosta

Thursday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Moultrie Church of Christ in Moultrie

Thursday, Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lanier County High School in Lakeland

Valdosta Red Cross blood donation center located at 2517 Bemiss Road, Suite A. 

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 have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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