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Weather forces cancellation of blood drives

Snow and icy weather forced the cancellation of several blood drives in the region scheduled over the last two weeks resulting in a loss of blood donations, according to Ginger Weaver, manager of the Halifax/Charlotte chapter of the American Red Cross.

So far blood drive cancellations have resulted in the loss of over 400 pints of blood donations. Fortunately blood donations during November were strong overall, and area hospitals were well stocked up to this point, Weaver said.

However, regional management has concern for the inventory considering there are typically fewer blood drives scheduled close to the holidays resulting in fewer blood donations, she added.

Additional replacement blood drives are badly needed to offset the loss of these donations, Weaver said.

She explained the Appalachian Region needs to collect approximately 300 donations every day; reduced collections can have a serious effect on the availability of blood for transfusions and emergencies.

To help ensure that all patients receive the blood they need, the Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to consider making blood donations at drives scheduled in the community during January.

There is a special need for type O negative’ A negative and B negative donors to help maintain an adequate inventory, Weaver said.
The Halifax-Charlotte Red Cross has agreed to help with this potential shortage situation since there are approximately 400 to 500 donors in the Halifax County area who have given blood before, but  who have not donated in the past two months. 

An extra bloodmobile (in addition to already scheduled drives) is scheduled for the Mary Bethune gym on Monday from noon to 5 p.m. Extended hours could not be offered due to scheduling conflicts, Weaver said.

Other scheduled drives in the area for the month of January include one on Monday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 7 p.m. at American Legion, Post 8 in South Boston.

Another is set for Tuesday, Jan. 11, from noon to 6 p.m. at Mary Bethune gym in Halifax.

On Saturday, Jan.15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a blood drive will be held at Winns Creek Baptist Church in Halifax.

On Thursday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. a bloodmobile will be set up at Clover Power in Clover.

And on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from noon to 6 p.m. a bloodmobile will be held at Midway Baptist Church in Phenix.