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Red Cross Declares Severe Blood Shortage, Asking for Donations

Update Date: Jan 19, 2017 07:27 PM EST
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The American Red Cross is calling out to donors in North and South Carolina as they are in need of help in restocking shelves to overcome the severe blood shortage. They say the shortage was due to the recurrent winter weather in many parts of the country.

Since Dec. 1, 2016, 300 blood drives across the 27 states have been forced to cancel and or cease operations due to the harsh weather conditions. This made the clinics' accessibility quite a challenge for donors. As a result 10,500 blood and platelet donations were uncollected.

WBTV reported donors are encouraged to first complete the Rapid Pass online questionnaire that is available online to save time when donating. This can help speed up the process so that people don't have to wait in long lines. Donors can also make an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, which is free for download.

For questions that need immediate answers, and to know where the nearest blood donation locations are, donors may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

According to Fox6Now all blood types are needed to ensure reliable supply for patients. As part of the screening process, donors are required to present blood donor cards. For those who don't have blood donor cards, a driver's license or any government issued identification will do.

To be eligible, volunteers have to be at least 17 years of age, must weigh at least 110 pounds and have to be generally in good health. Younger donors must have parental consent to be allowed to donate under state law.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in North and South Carolina, including schedules and list of clinics have been updated on WBTV.

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