"Right now, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in".
The Red Cross is making an urgent call for blood and platelet donors, since more than 550 blood drives have been canceled, causing over 16, 500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
Stancil said blood donations typically decline in the winter and holiday season, because people are busy with family and new year obligations, and also during the summer, when many people travel. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to very low turnout at many blood drives, the release said. Eligible donors with types O, B negative and A negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation (a donation which allows you to make two donations in one sitting) where available.
Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
Blood and platelet donors of all types are needed but platelet type AB plasma, type O negative, and type B negative blood donations are critically needed. According to American Red Cross's Melanie Sowa, the drive yielded 56 units of whole blood and 10 units of red cells for a total of 66 units - three units over the projected goal set for the drive.