Durham County

Got blood? The Red Cross has urgent need for wintertime donations

LaDeodra Drummond donates blood.
LaDeodra Drummond donates blood. Courtesy of the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood types O Negative and B Negative.

This winter’s weather has hurt blood donations, forcing over 150 blood drives to cancel. These cancellations resulted in more than 5,500 expected blood and platelet donations going uncollected since last Wednesday.

Last week in North Carolina, 23 blood drives were canceled between Wednesday and Friday when ice and snow slicked roadways.

“A lot of donors were deterred due to illness,” added American Red Cross spokeswoman Maya Franklin.. “This time of year, we, kind of, get … walloped.”

Blood and platelet donations go to medical patients who many times are receiving or have received lifesaving treatments.

An American Red Cross Blood Donation Center is located at 4737 University Drive in Durham.

Donors may walk in and donate blood, though, the Red Cross advises donors to call ahead: 1-800-733-2767.

Durham’s Donation Center hours

▪ Monday, 1 to 7 p.m.

▪ Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

▪ Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m.

▪ Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

▪ Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On Sunday, donors may donate platelets but must schedule an appointment to donate in Durham.

North Raleigh Blood Donation Center

The North Raleigh Blood Donation Center is located at 8301 Bandford Way. It excepts blood donations at the following times:

▪ Monday, 2:30 to 7 p.m.

▪ Tuesday, 2:30 to 7 p.m.

▪ Thursday, 2:30 to 7 p.m.

▪ Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks

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