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Red Cross winter blood shortage reaches critical level

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood 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 very low turnout at many blood drives.
 
Make an appointment to give blood 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 our readership area:
 
Woodinville: 
2/1/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites Woodinville, 19211 Woodinville Snohomish Rd NE
 
Bothell: 
2/2/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., East Side Four Square Church, 14520 100th Ave NE

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