Donors Needed Following Winter Storm
LifeServe Blood Center is urging blood donors to step up and boost the blood supply back up to a stable level after recent winter weather forced blood drive cancellations and the closure of donor centers on top of an already low blood donor turnout due to an aggressive flu season. The community blood supply has dwindled to less than a three day supply.
Though blood drives were cancelled for blood donor and team member safety, hospital patients never stopped needing transfusions. Car accidents, cancer treatment, a baby being born – some situations can’t be scheduled for a more convenient time, blizzard or no! That’s exactly why it’s vital that to have a healthy community blood supply at all times.
“Ideally we would always have a five day supply of every blood type,” said Claire DeRoin, LifeServe Blood Center Community Relations Coordinator. “When situations like winter weather force us to close our doors, it’s blood that was donated before the storm that’s continuing to save local hospital patients. Now it’s important to boost that supply back up!”
Eligible blood donors, lapsed donors, and folks who would like to give blood donation a try are encouraged to make an appointment. We are currently especially in need of O+, O-, and B+ donors.
If you’re able to donate this week, please do so! Click here to find a donor center or mobile blood drive in your community.