Blood Drive Scheduled for Feb. 14
Wilkes University and the Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Henry Student Center lounge. Walk-in donors are welcome, or you can make
an appointments by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or going online at www.redcrossblood.org. FREE Red Cross t-shirts to all presenting donors.
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors NOW to help ensure lifesaving medical treatments and emergency care are not delayed or canceled this winter.
Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply on hand at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that would require significant volumes of donated blood products.
Snow storms and frigid weather in parts of the country are also affecting donations, causing over 4,600 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected this month due to blood drive cancellations.
The federal government shutdown also affected donations as more than four percent of Red Cross blood collections come from drives sponsored by military and local, state and federal government agencies.
The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply as busy holiday schedules kept donors away. During this time frame, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. More than 80 percent of blood donations are made at blood drives organized by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators.
Thank you to the Wilkes University for being a valued partner of the Red Cross. Wilkes collected 136 units of blood in 2017, with each unit collected helping up to three patients in need. Congratulations! We hope to see you on Feb. 14!