American-Red-Cross-Blood-Drive 2016The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.


Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected.


“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Marshall County include: Saturday, January 7th at Lowes in Plymouth on Pilgrim Lane from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 10th at Jefferson Elementary School on Klinger Street in Plymouth from 1 p.m. till 7 p.m.


On Wednesday, January 11th a blood drive is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Argos Elementary School on Yearick Ave. The Red Cross will also conduct a blood drive on the 11th at Triton High School from 8:30 till 1:30 in the afternoon.


Culver High School will also host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, January 12th from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.