Red Cross seeking blood donations

Red Cross seeking blood donations

Thirteen Connecticut blood drives were canceled because of last week's winter storm, causing 339 donations to go uncollected, according to the Red Cross.

Red Cross Blood Services spokeswoman Kelly Isenor says there are two ways to get information on a drive near you. This winter's severe weather has forced the cancellation of more than 150 blood drives, resulting in the loss of more than 5,500 potential blood and platelet donations, the Red Cross reported on Monday.

January is National Blood Donor Month, a campaign started by the American Red Cross in 1970 to promote winter blood donations across the country.

Governor Malloy donated blood on Wednesday at the American Red Cross in Farmington.

"With the weather that we've been seeing across the east coast, we've had a really big loss in donations, even into the new year", said Red Cross District Manager Sonja Ronovech. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, and now Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in. "The Red Cross is doing everything we can to ensure blood products are available for hospital patients during these hard winter months, but we need help from our regular donors - as well as those who are willing to donate for the first time - to give as soon as possible". The gift of blood (the gift of life) is so important and desperately needed. Sterbens, who received a blood transfusion as a baby, has been donating for five years.

While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they are needed most. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

One of the best types of bloods to donate is O Negative as it can be used on anyone. The DD Card may be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin' Donuts.

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