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Winter Weather, Flu Disrupt Blood Donations
By WestKyStar & American Red Cross
PADUCAH, KY - Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.

In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives. 

Blood and platelet donations are needed in the coming days to help replenish the blood supply and ensure patients continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Donors can help even more patients when they invite a loved one, friend or co-worker to give with them.

Make an appointment to donate this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 16-28
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, 608 South Main St. Anna, IL 62906
2/28/2018: 8:30 am - 3 pm

Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office, 110 Broadway La Center, KY 42056
2/15/2018: 12:30 - 5:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main St. Murray, KY 42071
2/15/2018: 12:30 - 5:30 pm

Fulton County High School, 2740 Moscow Road Hickman, KY 42050
2/23/2018: 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

American Legion, 211 S. 7th Mayfield, KY 42066
2/27/2018: 11 am - 5 pm

Livingston Hospital Health Care Services, 131 Hospital Drive Salem, KY 42078
2/28/2018: 12:30 - 4:30 pm

First Christian Church, 2515 South Main St. Benton, KY 42025
2/19/2018: 2 - 6 pm

Calvert City Church of Christ, 4625 US Highway 62 Calvert City, KY 42029
2/22/2018: 12:30 - 5:30 pm

St. John's Catholic Church, 6705 Old Highway 45 Lone Oak, KY 42001
2/18/2018: 8 am - Noon

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive Paducah, KY 42001
2/15/2018: 11:45 am - 6:45 pm
2/16/2018: 8:45 am - 3:45 pm      
2/17/2018: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm
2/18/2018: 7:45 am - 2:15 pm       
2/19/2018: 11:45 am - 6:45 pm        
2/20/2018: 8:45 am - 3:45 pm
2/22/2018: 11:45 am - 6:45 pm
2/23/2018: 8:45 am - 3:45 pm
2/24/2018: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm
2/25/2018: 7:45 am - 2:15 pm
2/26/2018: 11:45 am - 6:45 pm
2/27/2018: 8:45 am - 3:45 pm

Gospel Mission Worship Center, 6905 Benton Road Paducah, KY 42003
2/16/2018: Noon - 5 pm

Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Road Paducah, KY 42001
2/21/2018: 2:30 - 7:30 pm

Reidland Church of Christ, 5500 Kentucky Dam Road Paducah, KY 42003
2/26/2018: 2:30 - 6:30 pm

First United Methodist Church, 104 Church St. Camden, TN 38320
2/16/2018: Noon - 6 pm

Savannah Church of Christ, 1175 Pickwick Road Savannah, TN 38372
2/16/2018: 1:30 - 5:30 pm

Chapel Hill UMC, 316 North Horton Parkway Chapel Hill, TN  37034
2/21/2018: 1 - 7 pm

United Methodist Church, 100 S Mulberry St. Cornersville, TN  37047
2/20/2018: 2 - 6 pm

Church Street Church of Christ, 305 West Church St. Lewisburg, TN  37091
2/15/2018: 1 - 5 pm

Lewisburg Police Department, 101 Water St. Lewisburg, TN  37091
2/27/2018: 3 - 7 pm

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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 international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Published 08:34 PM, Friday Feb. 09, 2018
Updated 09:27 AM, Saturday Feb. 10, 2018

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