Red Cross appeals for blood, platelet donations

A drop off in blood and platelet donations over the holidays has prompted the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

“Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services.

The Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs.

Eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with Type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to donate. Do so online at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Hosts for drives are also needed, Red Cross officials said.

Some upcoming opportunities to donate nearby are:

  • Charlotte: Feb. 7 from 2-7 p.m. at the Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road.
  • Colchester: Jan. 22 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at St. Michaels College Dion Student Center, Winooski Park.
  • Essex: Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Essex Shoppes, 21 Essex Way.
  • Hinesburg: Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NRG Systems, 110 Riggs Road.
  • South Burlington: Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aspenti Health, 30 Community Dr., Suite 2. Also Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University Mall on Dorset Street.

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