Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors

The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood donors after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown reduced lifesaving donations.


In January, more than 4,600 Red Cross blood donations went uncollected as blood drives were forced to cancel due to severe winter weather.


Right now, Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in and there is less than a three day supply of most blood types on hand.


All eligible donors, especially donors with type O blood, are urgently needed to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.