The American  Red Cross is asking for blood donations to help combat the shortage due to the winter storms and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

When winter weather forces a blood drive cancellation, the impact is more than just a canceled appointment – it means less blood products available for patient emergencies here and across the country.

Right now, the Red Cross needs the help of healthy donors to overcome donation shortfalls from recent heavy snows, ice storms and freezing temperatures in parts of the country. Every day, even during severe weather, thousands of patients rely on lifesaving blood donations.

Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives in about 30 states and caused more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can’t wait.

There are not any current American Red Cross Blood drives scheduled for Chattooga County, however there are 2 upcoming in Floyd county on February 24th and March 15th. You can visit redcrossblood.org for more information.