Urgent need for blood donations during National Blood Donor Month


The American Red Cross blames the current blood shortage on winter weather conditions and looks for blood and platelet donors.

"Patient need at the hospitals we serve never stops", said Amanda Hess, Director, Donor Relations.

"It's not a critical appeal, but we are in need of those blood types", Scott said. The critical call for donors is being made, in anticipation for more severe weather.

Winter is usually a slow time for blood donors, because of the hectic holiday schedules and cold and flu season.

"Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast they are coming in", Welch said.

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That's why the American Red Cross is reaching out for help.

Sallie Coron, the coordinator of blood collections for the U.P. Regional Blood Center has reported a steady amount of donations for the month so far. "Of the 38 percent I just mentioned, only eight percent of them actually do donate regularly, so a fraction of the population is providing the blood for everybody else". Numerous donors, Scott said, were new donors, something that is common at high school blood drives.

Suster, who spent 100 hours volunteering Tuesdays and Thursdays at the American Red Cross blood center in Portland over the summer, was happy to help, especially after seeing the lack of blood drives in Scarborough and the impact just one drive can have for people in need of blood. So, if you meet the requirements, please donate! O blood is the most common blood type.

Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available.