Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather

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Blood donor has blood drawn during drive at Community Blood Center in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Red Cross is calling for healthy blood donors following severe weather.

The organization said extreme winter weather across the U.S. forced the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives and caused 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. In Ohio, 600 units have gone uncollected and at least 20 blood drives canceled.

The Red Cross has the following upcoming blood drives in the Miami Valley:

  • Kettering: Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 5700 Kentshire Drive
  • Springfield: Thursday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1830 North Limestone Street
  • Dayton: Friday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 555 East Alex Bell Road
  • Beavercreek: Wednesday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., 2615 Temple Lane
  • Tipp City: Wednesday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., 6759 S. Co Rd 25A
  • Troy: Thursday, March 11 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., 3060 South County Road 25A

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask.

For more information, visit  www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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