The American Red Cross saw 28,000 fewer blood donations than expected in November and December.
The American Red Cross saw 28,000 fewer blood donations than expected in November and December. Winter weather, illness and the busy holiday season all contributed to the downturn. The situation is even worse now because recent storms and bone-chilling temperatures forced blood drive cancellations, the Red Cross reported.
Anyone who can safely travel to a blood drive is urged to go. You can find a blood drive here http://rdcrss.org/2qC0zXm.
A drive is taking place Monday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Naples Fire Hall, 2 Race St. A number of other drives are coming up in Ontario and surrounding counties. Locations this coming week include drives in Clifton Springs, Farmington, Canandaigua and Hopewell.
In Canandaigua, a drive is schedule on Thursday at Wood Library, 134 N. Main St. from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Red Cross said that the most vulnerable and critical patients across the U.S. may face delays in critical medical care unless donors help keep the shelves stocked with lifesaving blood donations.