American Red Cross Blood Services issued urgent blood and platelet need of all types of blood with intent to respond to the blood shortage across the nation.


The humanitarian organization reported that severe winter season has disrupted its capability to conduct donations, specifically types B negative and O negative. However, being the blood group, O negative is often is often required in emergency situations.

Celebrating the National Blood Donor Month this January, the American Red Cross issued an urgent requirement for platelet and blood donors of all blood groups for making appointment to provide now and help confront this winter’s blood donation shortage.

Severe winter season has already been tremendously impacting on the blood donations this year along with over 150 blood campaigns canceled intentionally, that caused more than 5,500 platelet and blood donations campaigns left uncollected.

In addition to the seasonal illnesses like flu as well as hectic holiday plans, the health issue is contributing collectively to nearly 28,000 fewer donations as compared to what was required in November and December.

Senior vice president at American Red Cross Blood Services, Clifford Numark said in a statement that, “Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients. It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”

Maya Franklin spokesperson from American Red Cross stated that the organization typically experiences a plunge during the holiday period, while that season has a potentially difficult factor.