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Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations
Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The recent winter storms and extremely cold temperatures are taking a toll on donations to the American Red Cross.

The organization says more than 7070 blood drives were cancelled last month because of the weather—leading to a loss of more than 25,000 blood and platelet donations. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood each day to supply medical centers. 

“While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross in January, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors with type O, especially type O negative,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

Kulman says the recent uptick in cold and flu cases is also taking a toll on blood donations.   Community members are encouraged to donate blood at one of the following drives:

  • Feb. 4, 12 p.m. -5:45 p.m.:  Church of God, Otsego
  • Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m. -5:15 p.m.: First Baptist Church, Zeeland
  • Feb. 5, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Hope College Maas Center
  • Feb. 7, 1 p.m. -5:45 p.m.: Grand Haven Church of the Dunes
  • Feb. 7, 12 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Grand Haven Eagles #925
  • Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Intersection Ministries, Holland
  • Feb. 8, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson, Hudsonville
  • Feb. 10, 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Second Reformed Church, Grand Haven
  • Feb. 11, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Second Reformed Church, Grand Haven
  • Feb. 11, 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: Martin United Methodist Church
  • Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center, Allendale
  • Feb. 14, 12 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.: Dorr Christian Reformed Church
  • Feb. 16, 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Spring Lake
  • Feb. 17, 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.:  BSI Healthcare, 944 52nd St. SE, Grand Rapids
  • Feb. 17, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Cornerstone University, 1001 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • Feb. 18, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: USF Holland, 750 E. 40th St., Holland
  • Feb. 20, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Hamilton Reformed Church
  • Feb. 20, 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Intersection Ministries, Holland
  • Feb. 20, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Gun Plains Township Hall, Plainwell
  • Feb. 21, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Grand Haven First Presbyterian Church
  • Feb. 24, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: MSU-Secchia Campus, 15 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids
  • Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Holland Event Center, 12330 James St. Block H130, Holland
  • March 3, 9:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Beacon Hill at Eastgate, 1919 Boston St., Grand Rapids
  • March 3, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Herrick District Library, 300 River Drive, Holland

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the Red Cross website for more information.

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