SPECIAL TO THE DCNT
The winter storm that dropped several inches of snow across Kansas and Oklahoma has forced the cancellation of several blood drives in the region. Together, those canceled drives have cost the Red Cross of Kansas and Oklahoma at least a day’s worth of blood.
The national blood supply has been low enough that the American Red Cross declared its first-ever national blood crisis in January. Kansas and Oklahoma avoided winter weather in January, which caused organizers to call off blood drives across the country. However; COVID-19-related cancellations in the region led to more than 2,100 planned donations going uncollected.
In March the Red Cross will partner with Fanatics to rally Team Red Cross! Anyone who gives blood in March will receive a $10 Fanatics e-gift card and be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2022 MLB All-Star Game in Los Angeles, California.
To help meet the needs of patients who are immunocompromised and may benefit from COVID-19 convalescent plasma, the Red Cross will resume testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies on March 7, to identify potential units that can be manufactured into CCP.
By testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, the Red Cross may provide donors insight into their own COVID-19 antibody status.
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives are scheduled for:
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 8 at Abilene High School gym, 1300 N. Cedar
Noon to 6 p.m., March 11 at First Baptist Church, 201 E. Hawley St., Herington
Noon to 6 p.m., March 15 at St. Andrews Parish Hall, 311 S. Buckeye, Abilene. People who donate at this one, will not be eligible to donate at the Memorial Health drive in May.
To make an appointment use Donor App or call 800-733-2767. For the drive at Abilene High School people may also call Molly Burton at 785-263-1260