Winter weather causes shortage in blood supply, Red Cross says

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Continued severe winter weather conditions have negatively affected American Red Cross blood donations, more than doubling the number of canceled blood drives.

As a result, Tuesday, the Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors.

Nationwide, the organization said more than 550 drives were cancelled in January, resulting in more than 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week.

In South Carolina, 25 drives were cancelled this month. Beyond the inclement weather, frigid temperatures and the flu have caused low turnout.

“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” said Clifford Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Donors are
critically needed to restock the shelves for patients in their community as well as areas where donors are unable to give due to inclement weather.”

Regardless of the weather, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day to meet patient needs.

Accident victims and patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other sicknesses depend on the supply of blood and platelets.

You can make an appointment to give simply by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, heading to their website or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Here are upcoming opportunities to give through February 15:

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Bamberg County
Bamberg
2/15/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Bamberg Ehrhardt High School, 267 Red Raider Avenue
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Kershaw County

Camden

1/31/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Camden Elementary School, 1304 Lyttleton Street

1/31/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Kershaw County School District Office, 2029 W. DeKalb Street

1/31/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Blue Cross Blue Shield Camden, 2300 Springdale Drive

2/12/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kershaw County Hospital, 1315 Roberts Street Lugoff

2/8/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., AGAPE Hospice, 610 Highway 1 South, Suite H
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Lexington County

Cayce

1/29/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cayce United Methodist Church, 1600 Twelfth Street

Chapin

2/7/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Chapin Middle School, 11661 Broad Street

2/11/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Our Lady Of the Lake Catholic Church, 195 Amick Ferry Road

Columbia

1/23/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lexington Medical Center Irmo, 7035 St. Andrews Rd.

2/1/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Palmetto Health Parkridge New Location, 400 Parkridge Drive

Gilbert

2/9/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Gilbert High School, 840 Main St.

Lexington

1/24/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Midway Elementary School, 180 Midway Dr.

2/5/2018: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Avtec Inc., 100 Innovation Place

2/8/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., First Baptist Church of Lexington, 415 Barr Road

2/12/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Red Bank United Methodist, 2909 Old Barnwell Rd.

2/15/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lexington Technology Center, 2421 Augusta Highway

West Columbia

1/25/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Airport High School, 1315 Boston Ave.

2/1/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Lexington Medical Center, 2720 Sunset Blvd.
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Newberry County

Prosperity

1/30/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mid Carolina High School, 377 Cy Shumpert Road
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Orangeburg County

Orangeburg

2/8/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Claflin University, 700 College Avenue
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Richland County

Blythewood

1/24/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Department of Motor Vehicles, 10311 Wilson Blvd Columbia

1/23/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, 7 Richland Medical Park Drive

1/23/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

1/24/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

1/25/2018: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

1/25/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Seibels, 1501 Lady Street

1/26/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

1/27/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

1/28/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

1/28/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Andrews Luthern Church, 1416 Broad River Road

1/29/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

1/29/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Vive Church, 2630 Clemson Road

1/30/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

1/31/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Columbia College, 1300 Columbia College Drive

1/31/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/1/2018: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/2/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/2/2018: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Metropolitian Convention Center – Lobby/Bloodmobile, 1101 Lincoln Street

2/3/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/3/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., GraceLife Church, 537-B Clemson Road

2/4/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/4/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Shandon United Methodist, 3407 Devine Street

2/5/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/6/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/7/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Palmetto Health Greystone, 293 Greystone Blvd

2/7/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Palmetto Health Richland Medical Center, 3301 Harden Street

2/7/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/8/2018: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/8/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Palmetto Health Home Care, 1400 Pickens Street

2/9/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/10/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/10/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jack Oliver's Pool and Patio, 3303 Forest Drive

2/11/2018: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/12/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/13/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ridge View High School, 4801 Hardscrabble Road

2/13/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/13/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John Neumann Catholic School, 721 Polo Road

2/14/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., University of South Carolina Russell House, 1400 Greene Street

2/14/2018: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

2/15/2018: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

Irmo

1/27/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 1541 Lake Murray Blvd.
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Sumter County

Sumter

1/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 219 West Calhoun St.

2/3/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., St Francis Xavier High School, 15 School Street

2/6/2018: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., YMCA of Sumter, 510 Miller Road

2/14/2018: 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lakewood High School, 350 Old Manning Road

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