Red Cross calls for blood, platelet donors after severe weather impacts collections

More than 100 Red Cross blood drives across the eastern United States were canceled last week due to extreme winter conditions.

The American Red Cross is calling for all eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment to give to help offset the weather-related shortfall in donations.

More than 100 Red Cross blood drives across the eastern United States were canceled due to extreme winter conditions. These cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 4,500 blood and platelet donations on March 14 alone.

“The need for blood does not get a snow day,” Alana Mauger, communications manager for the Penn Jersey Blood Services Region, said. “For those in storm affected areas, please come out to donate when travel is safe. For those in unaffected areas, please help restock the blood shelves for patients now.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Burlington County

• March 21: 2 to 7 p.m., Doane Academy, 350 W. Riverbank Drive, Burlington
• March 25: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Chick-Fil- A, 1301 Fairview Blvd., Delran
• March 25: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace, 1603 Marne Highway, Hainesport
• Mach 27: 2 to 7 p.m., Little Sport, 120 E. Kings Highway, Maple Shade
• March 30: 7 a.m. — 7 p.m., Virtua Marlton, 90 Brick Road, Marlton
• March 28: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Burlington County Human Services Facility, 795 Woodlane Road, Mount Holly
• March 31: 2 p.m. — 7 p.m., Palmyra Emergency Squad, 125 West Broad St., Palmyra
• March 27: 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 103 4th St., Riverton
• March 28: 2 to 7 p.m., Shawnee Baptist Church, 303 Oakshade Road, Shamong
• March 24: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Leisuretowne Adult Community, 104 S. Plymouth Court, Southampton
• March 28: 2 to 7 p.m., Hampton Inn, 2024 Route 541, Westampton
• March 28: 2 to 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 216 Sunset Road, Willingboro

Camden County

• March 21: 2 to 7 p.m., The Fountains at Cedar Parke, 114 Hayes Mills Road, Atco
• March 30: 2 to 7 p.m., Camden County Regional Library, 35 Cooper Folly Road, Atco
• March 21: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Virtua Berlin, 100 Townsend Ave., Berlin
• March 22: 2 to 7 p.m., Devry University, 921 Haddonfield Road, Suite D, Cherry Hill
• March 27: 2 to 7 p.m., Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill
• March 30: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 2001 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill
• March 31: 2 to 7 p.m., Lourdes Care, 1 Brace Road, Cherry Hill
• March 31: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Kennedy Health, 18 E. Laurel Road, Stratford
• March 29: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Virtua-Tatem Brown Family Practice, 2225 E. Evesham Road, Voorhees

Gloucester County

• March 20: 2 to 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 284 Cedar Road, Mullica Hill
• March 27: 2 to 7 p.m., Congregation B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel, 115 E. Holly Ave., Sewell
• March 30: 2 to 7 p.m., Fellowship Bible Church, 590 Jackson Road, Sewell
• March 23: 2 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 2174, 640 Tacoma Blvd., Westville
• March 29: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Inspira Medical Center, 509 N. Broad St., Woodbury

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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.