ASHEVILLE, NC, January 28, 2013 – Red Cross Blood Drives in the Asheville Service Area were canceled today, January 28, 2014 due to inclement weather. This included drives at Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Asheville, Swain County High School in Bryson City, Young Harris College in north Georgia and the Red Cross Headquarters in Asheville.
An estimated 152 units of blood were not collected today due to these closures. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate blood when it becomes safe to do so.
Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 450 Red Cross blood drive cancellations and more than 14,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations across the country.
All blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply and there is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with these blood types are especially encouraged to make an appointment to give in the coming days.
For more information about donating blood, or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767). Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.