Last week’s winter storm cancelled 40 blood drives in South Carolina and the American Red Cross is seeking blood and platelet donors to help restock its February supply.
There’s an urgent need for donors with types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative, according to South Carolina Red Cross communications manager Jamie Muldrow.
Appointments to give blood can be made online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. A blood donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are age 17 (16 with parental consent), 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-old or younger – have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
There are two upcoming Red Cross blood drives in South Carolina.
On Feb. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., a blood drive will take place at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School, located at 10 J.P. Kneece Dr. in Monetta, S.C. On Feb. 26, from 2 to 7 p.m., Red Cross is hosting another blood drive at the Aiken Mall located at 2441 Whiskey Road in Aiken, S.C.
The storm cancelled about 265 Red Cross blood drives in the south and along the East Coast, resulting in nearly 9,300 uncollected blood and platelet donations, according to Muldrow.