American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The American Red Cross has reissued an urgent call for blood and platelet donations. 

The organization cites that seasonal flu and severe winter weather have caused a spike in canceled donations. 

According to a press release the group sent out, "more than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week."

The Red Cross says every day they must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations to meet the patient needs.

See a few upcoming donation opportunities in Erie County from January 23rd to February 15th: 

Buffalo

1/25/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., PUSH Buffalo, 271 Grant Street

1/29/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., UB North-Student Union, Student Union 1/30/2018: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Travelers Insurance, 60 Lakefront Boulevard 1/30/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., University at Buffalo South Harriman Hall, 3435 Main Street

2/1/2018: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Veterans Affairs Hospital, 3495 Bailey Avenue 2/6/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue 2/7/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dyouville College-College Center, 320 Porter Avenue 2/7/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., University at Buffalo South Harriman Hall, 3435 Main Street

2/8/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Erie Community College City, 121 Ellicott Street 2/13/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., University at Buffalo North Student Union, Student Union

Cheektowaga

1/24/2018: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sisters of Charity Saint Joseph Campus, 2605 Harlem Road

Clarence

1/25/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Brothers of Mercy, 10570 Bergtold Road 2/12/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Dash's Market, 8845 Main Street

Derby

1/31/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Newcomb Long Post 928, 7353 Erie Road

East Aurora

2/6/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., East Aurora Moose Lodge 370, 905 Main Street

Eden

1/29/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Eden United Methodist Church, 2820 East Church Street

Elma

2/1/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 1230 Bowen Road

Visit the American Red Cross website to find a donation drive near you.

 

 

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