Urgent need for platelet donors, blood donors with types O, A negative and B negative

Red Cross calls for blood, platelet donations after weather impacts collections

By WEEK Producer

Red Cross calls for blood, platelet donations after weather impacts collections

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 450 American Red Cross blood drive cancellations and nearly 14,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

 Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B negative — are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall.

 

Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

McLean County

Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Illinois State University Bowling & Billiards Center, 100 N. University St. in Normal, Ill.

Jan. 30 from 12-6 p.m. at Illinois State University Watterson Towers, 315 S. Fell Ave. in Normal, Ill.

Feb. 1 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at American Red Cross, 1 Westport Court in Bloomington, Ill.

Feb. 3 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1 Westport Court in Bloomington, Ill.

 

Peoria County

Jan. 29 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Church, 904 E. Lake St. in Peoria Heights, Ill.

Jan. 29 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 29 from 12-5 p.m. at Markin Center, 819 N. Glenwood in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 30 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Unity Point Health, 221 NE Glen Oak in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 30 from 12-4 p.m. at Unity Point Health, 221 NE Glen Oak in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 30 from 12-6 p.m. at Markin Center, 819 N. Glenwood in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 31 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1 Illini Drive in Peoria, Ill.

Feb. 1 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Feb. 1 from 12-4 p.m. at Christ Alive Community Church, 9320 W. U.S. Highway 150 in Edwards, Ill.

Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

 

Tazewell County

Jan. 30 from 1-6 p.m. at First Church of God, 2520 Maywood in Pekin, Ill.

Feb. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Pizza, 604 S. Main in Morton, Ill.

Feb. 3 from 1-7 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 118 E. Third St. in Delavan, Ill.

 

Woodford County

Jan. 27 from 12-6 p.m. at American Legion, Front Street in Benson, Ill.

 

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment for more information.