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Donors urgently needed for blood, platelet donations after drive cancellations

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - After severe winter weather hit much of the country, the American Red Cross said it has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves. 

March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This shortfall follows more than 26,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations in February due to severe weather across 27 states. In the Appalachian Red Cross Blood Services Region more than 26 blood drives were canceled, causing 576 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. 

Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types - O negative, A negative and B negative - are particularly encouraged to give in the days and weeks to come to help replenish the blood supply. 

To find a convenient donation opportunity and schedule an appointment, donors can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit

redcrossblood.org

or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).To make an appointment to donate platelets, please call 1-866-353-1030.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

3/10/2015: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Mem Hosp of Martinsville, 320 Hospital Drive Martinsville VA
3/10/2015: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Hanesbrands Inc VSC, 380 Beaver Creek Drive Martinsville VA
3/10/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main Street Blacksburg VA
3/10/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life International, 1CLI Way Salem VA
3/11/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Halifax County High School, 310 High School Circle South Boston VA
3/12/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bath County High School, 464 Charger Lane Hot Springs VA
3/12/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Childrey Baptist Church, 1224 Childrey Road Nathalie VA
3/12/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., RSMO Holiday Shopping Center, 1910 Virginia Ave Collinsville VA
3/12/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Orthopedic Ctr of Ctrl VA, 2405 Atherholt Rd Lynchburg VA
3/12/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center, 352 Church Ave S W Roanoke VA
3/12/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Waynesboro Free Methodist Church, 600 Hopeman Parkway Waynesboro VA
3/13/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Independence VFW Bldg, 72 Klondike Rd. Independence VA
3/13/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lynchburg Blood Donation Center, 1900 Tate Springs Rd, Suite #5 Lynchburg VA
3/13/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Inn at Virginia Tech, 901 Prices Fork Road Blacksburg VA
3/13/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Radford Public Library, 30 West Main St. Radford VA
3/14/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Charlotte Courthouse Amish, 137 Vincent Store Road Charlotte Court House VA
3/14/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Hope Christian Church, 4229 Welcome Valley Road Roanoke VA
3/15/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Timberlake United Meth Ch, 21649 Timberlake Road Lynchburg VA
3/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Main Street United Meth Ch, 212 E. Main St. Bedford VA
3/16/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hillsville VFW Bldg, 701 W Stuart Dr Hillsville VA
3/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Peakland United Meth Church, 4434 Boonsboro Road Lynchburg VA
3/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center, 352 Church Ave S W Roanoke VA
3/17/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Midway Baptist Church, 2595 Midway Road Phenix VA
3/17/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New River Valley Blood Donation Center, 250 South Main Street Blacksburg VA
3/17/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bonsack Baptist Church, 4845 Cloverdale Road Roanoke VA
3/17/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fort Chiswell High School, 1 Pioneer Trail Max Meadows VA
3/18/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marshall Masonic Lodge 39, 1730 Wards Ferry Road Lynchburg VA
3/18/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wells Fargo Tower, 10 South Jefferson Street, Suite 1600 Roanoke VA
3/18/2015: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Staunton- Texas Steakhouse, 134 Rowe Rd Staunton VA
3/19/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fries Baptist Church, 111 E Main St Fries VA
3/19/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., RSMO Holiday Shopping Center, 1910 Virginia Ave Collinsville VA
3/19/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 20957 Timberlake Rd. Lynchburg VA
3/19/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grove United Methodist Church, 1020 Tyler Ave. Radford VA
3/19/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center, 352 Church Ave S W Roanoke VA
3/19/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pocahontas  Cnty High School, Rt. 1 Box 133 Dunmore WV
3/20/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lynchburg Blood Donation Center, 1900 Tate Springs Rd, Suite #5 Lynchburg VA
3/20/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1946 Medallion Drive Pulaski VA
3/20/2015: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Roanoke College, Thompson Memorial Salem VA
3/21/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hidden Valley Middle, 4902 Hidden Valley School Rd. Roanoke VA
3/21/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shelburne Middle School, 300 Grubert Ave. Staunton VA
3/22/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Thomas Road Baptist Church, 1 Mountain View Road Lynchburg VA
3/23/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Freedom Baptist Church, 1595 Turkey Foot Road Forest VA
3/23/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thomas Road Baptist Church, 1 Mountain View Rd Lynchburg VA
3/23/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dublin Lions Club Bldg, 1036 Bagging Plant Rd Dublin VA
3/23/2015: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Muse Banquet Hall, 1 Tyler Ave Radford VA
3/23/2015: 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., Girl Scouts of VA Skyline Cou, 3663 Peters Creek Road Roanoke VA
3/23/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center, 352 Church Ave S W Roanoke VA