WASHINGTON – The recent period of extreme cold caused the American Red Cross to cancel 150 blood drives in the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services region.
"We did not collect up to 5,500 donations of blood and platelets," Regina said. Boothe Bratton of the American Red Cross. "We have an urgent need for blood at this time, throughout the country."
In addition to the donations of blood canceled in the area of D.C., the winter ailments and the holidays slow down the donations. Supplies have been drained by national catastrophes such as California forest fires and massive shootings in Las Vegas.
"All blood types are necessary," Bratton said.
But there is a critical need for Type O-negative, Type B-negative and Type AB.
To try to make the process as convenient as possible for donors, Bratton says he can read and complete much of the documentation required in advance online or through the Red Cross application.
There are dozens of blood donation campaigns in the area in the coming weeks. Find one near you by searching by zip code or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Rolling his sleeve is something powerful, said Bratton. "For every pint of blood he donates, he's saving up to three people's lives."
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