South Texas in desperate need of blood donors as supplies run low

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150 blood drives had to be canceled throughout the northeast because of last week's winter storm.

In North Carolina alone, 23 blood drives were cancelled or closed early due to last week's winter storm, with almost 600 uncollected donations. That's nearly equal to the number of donations collected in two days for the Red Cross nationwide. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system-once local patient needs are met-to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most.

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Central Blood Bank has been this area's nonprofit community blood provider for more than 60 years, and serves patients in 50 hospitals in the Pittsburgh region, including nine western Pennsylvania counties and communities throughout West Virginia and eastern Ohio. "It's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that's why we're asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today". Blood donors should bring photo ID. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

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Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

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