Winter Weather Chills Blood Donations

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:14

The Rhode Island Blood Center is asking for extra help from the community now that the winter weather has finally hit Rhode Island. This snow storm has impacted donors’ ability to get to drives and centers and resulted in many blood drive and appointment cancellations.

“The below freezing temps we’ve been experiencing certainly impact people’s desire to venture out into the cold,” says Kara LeBlanc, communications manager at the blood center. Still, over 200 donations of blood and platelets are needed for patients and hospitals the Rhode Island Blood Center serves every day, no matter what the weather. “Before and after storms, we ask people to bundle up and make that extra effort to donate at a local center or their community blood drive to prevent a critical blood shortage before it happens,” adds LeBlanc.

Automated blood donation of platelets can be made at any of the six donation centers and are also needed. “Platelets have a very short shelf life of five days and are critical to have on hand, especially for patients battling cancer, who receive platelet products the most.” More about platelet donation.

As part of National Volunteer Blood Donor month, all presenting donors during the month of January will receive $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. All donors who presented to donate at a mobile blood drive or center from from Saturday, 12/30, through Friday, January 12, will automatically be entered to win New England Patriot’s playoff game tickets for the January 13th game at Gillette Stadium.