Red Cross Puts Call Out For Blood Donations

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Over 150-units of blood weren't collected because of canceled drives.

Red Cross officials say donation levels typically go down during the holidays, but the winter has had a huge impact.

"It's important that people who are eligible to donate come out regularly, make those appointments and keep those appointments", explained Kelly Isenor, spokesperson for American Red Cross CT Blood Services Region.

It takes over 3,000 blood donations a week for Bonfils to meet patient needs-and to be ready for the unexpected-in Colorado. "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".

One of the best types of bloods to donate is O Negative as it can be used on anyone.

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The Red Cross encourages individuals to make a donation appointment and to complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire to help speed up the donation process.

Due to the high demand of platelets, Grant said the Red Cross is accepting them seven days a week.

Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.

The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood and platelet donors. "They were doing shopping so that affected blood drives and people giving", Grant said.