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Blood Donations Desperately Needed
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Blood Donations Desperately Needed

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region (9851 Commerce Way, Douglasville, 30135) reports that this week's winter weather has resulted in more than 2,600 units of blood and platelets that could not be collected due to closed donation centers and cancelled blood drives.

"The result of the cancellation of that many blood drives and consequently all those blood donations translates into as many as 24,000 blood products that we now do not have available for patients who may need them," said Chris Hrouda, executive vice president of Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Hrouda noted that more than 6,000 blood donations could not be collected in the Southeast because of the storms that crippled the region. Nearly 2,000 blood donations were not collected in the Northeast on Wednesday, Jan. 12, as snow was still falling.

"We are asking anyone in these areas who is eligible to give blood to please consider making an appointment to donate as soon as it is safe to do so," said Hrouda.

Right now, there is a particular need for O-negative blood. O-negative is the universal blood type and is often used in emergencies when doctors cannot wait to type a patient's blood.

A number of donation centers in Metro Atlanta will offer extended hours on Friday, Jan. 14; Saturday, Jan. 15; and Sunday, Jan. 16 with the hope of replenishing blood and platelets that could not be collected during the storm.

These centers include:

* 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta, 30022
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

* 2145 Roswell Road, Suite 250, Marietta, 30062
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

* 1155 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs, 30328
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old (or 16 with a parent's permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are under age 18 must meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information, call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit the Red Cross Web site.

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