The American Red Cross is facing a blood and platelet shortage following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country.
About 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel since Dec. 1 because of inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected.
Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son, Aaron, was born with a rare liver condition and received 115 blood products in his two months of life. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron.
“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” Taylor said. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.”
All those who come to give blood or platelets through Jan. 31 at Red Cross blood drives in parts of New York will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts card.
For information, call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.