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Red Cross Needs Your Help Pasadena

Right now, there is less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand. – Courtesy photo / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CC BY 2.0)

Winter storms and canceled blood drives due to government shutdown straining supply

The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations.

In January, more than 4,600 Red Cross blood and platelet donations went uncollected as blood drives were forced to cancel due to severe winter weather blanketing parts of the U.S., and additional cancellations are expected this week. Weather travel advisories may cause even more donors to delay their planned donations.

The federal government shutdown also affected donations as more than 4 percent of Red Cross blood collections come from drives sponsored by military and local, state and federal government agencies. About 30 blood drives hosted by federal offices were canceled across the country due to the shutdown, leaving more than 900 donations uncollected.

“Disruptions to blood and platelet donations jeopardize the availability of blood for patients who depend on transfusions for survival,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We’re grateful for all those who have come out to give since we issued our emergency call earlier this month and now urge others to come out and give to prevent delays in essential medical care.”

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. The Red Cross strives to maintain a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urgently needed to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Donation appointments can be easily scheduled by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800) RED CROSS (733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Pasadena

  • Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Southern California Public Radio, located at 474 S. Raymond Ave.
  • Jan. 31 from 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center, located at 133 N. Altadena Drive, Suite 103.
  • Feb. 1 from 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 2 from 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 3 from 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 4 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Blair High School, located at 1201 S. Marengo Ave.
  • Feb. 5 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 6 from 12:15-7:30 p.m., Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 7 from 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Maranatha High School, located at 169 S. Saint John Ave.
  • Feb. 8 from 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 9 from 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 10 from 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Cente.
  • Feb. 11 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at City of Pasadena Police Department, located at 207 N. Garfield Ave.
  • Feb. 12 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 13 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 14 from 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 15 from 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 16 from 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 17 from 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 18 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 19 from 3:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 20 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 21 from 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 22 from 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 23 from 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 24 from 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 25 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 26 from 12:15-7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 27 from 12:15-7:15 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
  • Feb. 28 from 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. at Pasadena Blood Donation Center.
January 30, 2019

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