Blood Donations Urgently Needed


Suzi Hass, giving her 5th Gallon at the Northern Door YMCA Blood Drive.

Severe winter weather has forced the cancellation of 23,000 Red Cross blood and platelet donations since January 1.  More than 2,600 Mid-America Blood Services Division donations, serving 330 hospitals in the Midwest and parts of the central United States, are among the cancellations. 

All blood is needed, especially types O negative, A negative, and B negative.  Donations will be used first to meet any shortages at local hospitals.  Any remaining supplies will be moved through the Red Cross national network to where they are most needed.

The Red Cross asks all eligible donors to please make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as safely possible.  Your donations will help save lives. 

For a schedule of February donations click here.  For more information call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit