Red Cross needs donors to ease shortage

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Winter weather has led to cancellations of more than 150 American Red Cross blood drives nationwide, leading to an urgent blood shortage this season.

Christine Welch, communications manager for California Blood Services Region, said she did not have totals for the Sonora Red Cross Donation Center, but the Northern California Blood Services Region reported 750 fewer donations in November and December than is needed to meet the region's demands. "It only comes from volunteer blood donors".

Call Swett at (815) 224-0232 to make an appointment or visit for information.

A Stanford representative said the center has just a two-day supply of O-negative blood and is also in dire need of platelet donors.

However, the only way patients in need can receive blood transfusions is through voluntary blood donation and blood drives, making these vital events. "This always makes winter a hard time, so we really need support from blood donors".

February 6 - 10:45 a.m. -5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 211 E 12th St.

February 26, from 9 1 Smyrna Presbyterian Church, 174 Dooms Crossing Rd., Waynesboro.

January 24, from noon to 6 Gypsy Hill Park Gym, 600 Churchill Ave., Staunton.

February 6 - noon-5:30 p.m. "Also, make sure that you burn pure wood at all times because if you use green wood the creosote build up will be a lot quicker".

This is especially good news for everyone who works outdoors, including the American Red Cross New Jersey Region. It opened as a Red Cross site March 2017.

Donation milestones: Larry McKee, 24 gallons; Steve Buck, 6 gallons; Henry Kibilka, 2 gallons; Lisa Hallen, 1 gallon.