Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Blood donations typically slow down over the holidays because high schools and colleges are off throughout most of those months and don't schedule blood drives at those times.

Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.

The following is a list of blood donation opportunities in Aroostook County for the month of January.

Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

South Korea seizes second ship transferring oil to North
Earlier a foreign ministry official in Seoul had said the ship had been seized briefly by customs authorities who inspected it. The Hong Kong government said in a statement Friday it had noted media reports that the Lighthouse Winmore had been seized.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Northern Panhandle
This is all upstream moisture will should produce steady snowfall all day Friday , Friday night and into most of Saturday . Snow will begin to pass through after the sunrise, and it is expected to last throughout the afternoon and early evening.

Red Cross helping after Christmas Eve Apartment Fire
Further, the blaze left the home "uninhabitable", gutting the second floor and causing extensive damage to the first floor. The Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department Auxilliary quickly stepped in and still needs donations for the McGar family.

Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is located on Level 1 of the Riverlink Medical Centre.

All blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients - especially platelet and type O negative and B negative donors.

The NHS Blood and Transplant service has made an urgent appeal for people to donate blood in Corby. "Your donations truly save the lives of local patients".

"What better way to inspire your team than to set a blood donation goal or challenge as part of the Blood Service's Red25 program?" She says blood is a perishable product, and you can donate every 56 days.


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