Winter Storm Forces Cancellation of Red Cross Blood Drives

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Press release from the American Red Cross:

Winter Storm Forces Cancellation of Red Cross Blood Drives
Donors asked to give blood if eligible.

This week’s winter storm has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives along the eastern seaboard, causing a shortfall of more than 8,000 blood donations in the southeast and northeast corners of the country.

Red Cross Blood Regions in the southeast reported that more than 6,000 blood donations could not be collected due to the storm which paralyzed the South. In the northeast, Red Cross Blood Regions reported that nearly 2,000 blood donations were not collected Wednesday as the snow was still falling.

“The result of the cancellation of that many blood drives and consequently all those blood donations translates into as many as 24,000 blood products that we now do not have available for patients who may need them,” said Chris Hrouda, executive vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We are asking anyone in these areas who is eligible to give blood to please consider making an appointment to donate as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Across Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, the Red Cross has been forced to cancel 39 blood drives this winter due to winter weather, which results in over 1,600 pints of blood we were not able to collect.

If you’re in an area unaffected by the storms, your donations could help meet the blood needs of those in your local community, or wherever blood is needed is most. There is a particular need for people with O-negative blood to give now. O-negative is the universal blood type which can go to any patient regardless of their blood type. O-negative blood is often used in emergency cases when doctors can’t wait to type a patient’s blood.

There is also a need for people to give platelets during what is called an apheresis donation. A machine collects only your platelets and returns the rest of your blood back to you. Many patients who need platelets are undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplant and have weakened immune systems.

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information.

  • Sunday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 6813 W. California Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 484-7873 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
  • Monday, Jan. 17, from 8:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Logikos, located at 2914 Independence Drive in Fort Wayne.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18, from noon until 4 p.m. at Tomkinson BMW, located at 929 Avenue of Autos in Fort Wayne. Please call 436-9000 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, located at 14318 Lima Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 637-3724 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
  • Saturday, Jan. 22, from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul in the gymnasium, located at 1720 E. Wallen Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 484-0078 to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Fort Wayne Donor Center located at 1212 E. California Road in Fort Wayne, (across from the Memorial Coliseum)

Traditional whole blood or double red cell donation:

  • Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 260-480-8299 to schedule a platelet donation):

  • Monday: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – noon
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Lutheran Hospital Donor Center located at 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 in Fort Wayne (in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital) Traditional whole blood or platelet pheresis donation (no platelet pheresis on Wednesdays):

  • Monday through Wednesday: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – noon

Come to donate from Jan. 1 – 31 and be entered into a weekly region-wide drawing for a $250 Visa gift card! In addition, all donors will receive a coupon for a free donut from Dunkin’ Donuts (while supplies last).


How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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