These number can only get decreased when people will come forward to give their support for blood donation.
929 schools, businesses, churches and other community organizations in Colorado held 2,710 Bonfils mobile blood drives in 2017. This winter's severe weather has forced the cancellation of more than 150 blood drives, resulting in the loss of more than 5,500 potential blood and platelet donations, the Red Cross reported on Monday.
This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types.
Eligible individuals are urged to schedule a blood or platelet donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to Maine", Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Blood Services, said in a statement.
There can be up to about a dozen (or more!) places for Coloradans to donate blood on any given day.
Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
Serving local hospitals is the first priority, but the Red Cross can move blood products to where they're needed most. "They were doing shopping so that affected blood drives and people giving", Grant said.
"When winter weather impacts our ability to collect blood, we can count on our national inventory to ensure that hospital and patient needs are met", says Peter MacDonald, director of donor relations for Canadian Blood Services' Atlantic region.
In 2016, there were 67,692 Bonfils blood donors, which added up to 142,214 blood donations made in Colorado that year. The DD Card may be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin' Donuts.