1/10/2017 5:14:00 PM Vinton County donors needed for emergency blood shortage
The January Vinton County Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) location, at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.
The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.
Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations.
Donors in the Vinton County area can schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged.