The American Red Cross is asking Nebraskans to donate blood to make up for a shortfall created in part by last week’s heavy winter storm. Amy Yeska, a donor recruiter for the agency, says blood drives had to be canceled in dozens of states, resulting in a huge loss of donations.
“The severe weather throughout the United States has impacted the Red Cross severely,” Yeska said. Compared to one year ago, the organization is down about 23,000 units of blood nationwide. Yeska says the Red Cross is working to reschedule drives and shipping blood to areas facing shortages.
“With the Red Cross being nationwide, we have been able to pull blood from other regions to serve our hospitals and patients – not just locally, but also nationally,” Yeska said. Red Cross chapters in Nebraska were already running low because of earlier bad weather, but last week’s storm has worsened the situation.
Donors can learn about the process and sign up to give blood at: www.redcrossblood.org.