Critical Need for Blood Donations

Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.

More than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to low turnout at many blood drives.

Every day, no matter the weather, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations to meet the needs of patients.

Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area through Feb. 15:

Burke

Feb. 5 – 3-7:30 p.m., Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road

Fairfax (Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Ave., Suite 200 unless otherwise noted)

Jan. 25 – 12:45-5:45 p.m.

Jan. 26 – 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jan. 27 – 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jan. 28 – 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Jan. 29 – 1:15-8:30 p.m.

Jan. 30 – 10:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

Jan. 31 – 12:45-8 p.m.

Feb. 1 – 12:45-5:45 p.m.

Feb. 2 – 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feb. 3 – 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feb. 4 – 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Feb. 5 – 1:15-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 6 – 10:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

Feb. 7 – 12:45-8 p.m.

Feb. 8 – 12:45-5:45 p.m.

Feb. 9 – 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feb. 9 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway

Feb. 10 – 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feb. 11 – 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Feb. 12 – 1:15-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 – 10:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

Feb. 14 – 12:45-8 p.m.

Feb. 15 – 12:45-5:45 p.m.

Springfield

Feb. 5 – 2:30-7:30 p.m., Springfield United Methodist Church, 7047 Old Keene Mill Road

Feb. 13 – 1:30-7:15 p.m., American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

For more information, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or on Twitter at @RedCross.

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