Critical Need for Donors — American Red Cross

Jan 09, 2018, 00:30
Critical Need for Donors — American Red Cross

The winter season is usually tough, but severe winter storms have been making it even harder, forcing the Red Cross to cancel blood drives throughout the region.

In North Carolina alone, 23 blood drives were cancelled or closed early due to last week's winter storm, with almost 600 uncollected donations.

As a result, the organization is ramping up its local commemorations of National Blood Donor Month for January like the red smokestacks at the Quarry.

"The need is constant, and hospital patients don't get a vacation from blood transfusions, " explained Red Cross Communications Manager Sue Thesenga. The weather cancellations are in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu and hectic holiday schedules that contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what the Red Cross needed in November and December.

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The Reds confirmed the deal on Wednesday evening, following earlier reports of a fee being agreed between the two clubs. The player has cost Liverpool 75 million pounds (100.50 million US dollars), a new world record fee for a defender.

Record Low Unemployment In The State And Country
The county unemployment rates for November 2017 will be published on Thursday, December 28th, at 1:30pm CT. The state's annual employment growth was 2.7 percent, making for 91 consecutive months of annual growth.

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There were 60,700 more people working in Maryland in November than a year earlier, a gain of 2.2 percent. Delaware's unemployment rate also remains above the nation's jobless rate, which was 4.1% for November.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute says it is in serious need of O-negative blood donors.

The Red Cross encourages individuals to make a donation appointment and to complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire to help speed up the donation process. She says blood is a perishable product, and you can donate every 56 days. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) may be eligible to donate, although there are height and weight restrictions for people 16 to 18 years old.

The agency also needs type O negative blood, which is a universal blood type that anyone can receive.

About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides global humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

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