The ongoing winter storms and freezing temperatures nationwide have had a brutal impact on the Red Cross' ability to collect blood so far this year. The severe weather has canceled more than 1,500 blood drives in 34 states and Washington, D.C. since the beginning of 2014, resulting in about 50,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. These cancellations are the equivalent of the Red Cross having to shut down its national operations for more than three full days in just a six-week period.
On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. All blood types are currently needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients.
Red blood cells, the oxygen carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days. Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed.
The Charlotte Donor Center is located at 2425 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203.
Thursday, February 20: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 21: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 23: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, February 24: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 27: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 28: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental consent in North and South Carolina, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.?