Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donors

Apheresis donor Sara Hernandez has been giving platelets since she was 18 years old. Photo by Amanda Romeny/American Red Cross

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

The organization reported that severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Jan Hale, communications manager of the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood today.”

Eligible donors can give at one of the below blood drives, or schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).



  • Jan. 11: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Trammell Crow Center, 2010 Flora St.
  • Jan. 11: 1 – 7 p.m., The Fairways, 5769 Belt Line Rd.
  • Jan. 13: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Alta Maple Station, 5522 Maple Ave.
  • Jan. 13: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pike West Commerce, 444 W. Commerce St.
  • Jan. 14: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 534 West 10th St.
  • Jan. 15: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 4800 Harry Hines
  • Jan. 24: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Foundry Commercial, 8144 Walnut Hill Ln.
  • Jan. 25: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Uplift Peak Prep, 1474 Annex Ave.
  • Jan. 26: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Chili’s Grill and Bar, 16623 Coit Rd.
  • Jan. 28: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 4800 Harry Hines


Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Park Cities People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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