Severe winter weather across much of the U.S. is affecting the ability of the American Red Cross to collect blood and platelet donations.
While the severe winter weather impacts blood donation opportunities, hospital patients still need transfusions of blood and platelets.
About 280 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 25 states, resulting in a shortfall of nearly 8,400 blood and platelet donations.
Donors in affected areas are urged to give blood or platelets once the storm has passed and travel is deemed safe.
There will be an American Red Cross Blood drive on Thursday, January 16 from noon until 6:00 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church, 1000 West N 6th Street in Shelbyville. Refreshments will be provided by Druby’s Restaurant. All eligible donors are encouraged to come and bring a friend along to help save lives. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor keyword FBCShelbyville.