Blood drives scheduled to stem shortage

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The American Red Cross has declared a blood emergency and is seeking donations.

The Red Cross issued a statement detailing that supplies of blood and blood products are at low levels nationally due, in part, to the Christmas and New Year holiday period, which sees fewer blood drives held, as well as severe weather in parts of the country impacting donations.

The organization normally tries to maintain a five day supply of blood and platelets on hand but currently has a less than three day supply.

Currently more is being distributed to hospitals than is being received in donations, they added.

Two blood drives are scheduled locally during the next few weeks.

The Lewisburg Police Department hosts a drive at the Water Street station on Friday, Feb. 1, from 3 until 7 p.m.

Church Street Church of Christ will host a drive on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m.