The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for platelets, as a result of the record-breaking snowstorm in the Northeast.
Platelet donors are unable to come to centers to donate, but patients in hospitals need platelets.
The American Red Cross is asking platelet donors in areas not impacted by the weather to come in and donate platelets immediately.
Platelets are the clotting factor in blood and are frequently given to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Platelets can be donated every two weeks, but they have a shelf life of only five days.
Also, the Red Cross has announced the following local blood drives:
•Barrow Regional Medical Center, Winder, on Friday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
•Winder-Barrow High School on Thursday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Donations can be made at the following American Red Cross blood donation centers in Athens and Gainesville, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
The Red Cross is really bad about sending people out to WBHS for blood drives, but when you get there, it's for students only. You might want to check with the school to make sure this blood drive is for the community as well. The Red Cross needs to get its facts straight before sending us to blood drives where we cannot donate!