Red Cross needs donors to ease shortage

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That, combined with seasonal illnesses and holiday schedules, has resulted in the local Red Cross receiving approximately 28,000 fewer donations than needed, according to a news release from the organization.

The next blood drive in the Magic Valley will be January 22 to 24 at the Church of Ascension Episcopal in Twin Falls.

Currently, the American Red Cross is in critical need for types O-negative and B-negative.

On Jan. 6, the Town of West Springfield hosted a community blood drive at the Unico building to help spread the word that more blood is needed.

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"It's a big deal to have a drive canceled because we need about 400 pints a day for hospital patients in the state of Nebraska", Pollard said.

"Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", said Todd Kulman, external communications manager of the Southeastern Michigan Red Cross Blood Services Regions.

"Most winters, the American Red Cross goes into an appeal for blood", Edsall said.

Stanford Blood Center in Palo Alto, Calif., which provides blood to four local hospitals, issued an urgent call for O-negative blood donations due to a critical shortage, reports Mercury News.

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Road conditions and too much snow also forces them to close for the safety of donors. "It only comes from volunteer blood donors".

"In fact, 38 percent of people in the United States are actually eligible to donate at any given time, so if you can't donate, you're in the majority, and that's part of the reason why we need so many people to donate", he said. Karpen has been donating blood since his 20s.

The annual Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive is set for January 15 through January 19.

There are a dozen days open for blood donations at the Sonora Blood Donation Center beginning on Friday through the end of the month.

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Walk-ins are welcome, although appointments are encouraged.

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