The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations this January. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations. This shortfall has reduced the blood supply and donations are needed now to reverse the declining supply.
More than 80 percent of blood donations are made at blood drives organized by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators. Many of these groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel.
To help prevent a shortage, starting Monday, January 11, the Red Cross is issuing an urgent appeal for blood and platelet donors all blood types, especially those with types O, AB, B negative and A negative, to schedule an appointment now to replenish the supply. A shortage can be averted if at least two more donors – above what’s currently expected – come to donate at every Red Cross blood drive in January.