Storm prompts call for blood donors across the U.S.

 

Posted on 08/27/2017

Blood donors across the country are being asked to give as soon as possible over the next several days to help ensure patient blood needs can continue to be met despite the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey.

The AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism put out a call for blood donors Sunday afternoon.

Read the AABB News Release: Americans Urged to Donate Blood in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of the storm, many blood drives have been canceled and donor centers closed in the affected areas. With more sustained rain forecasted, these cancellations and closures are likely to rise. Bonfils Blood Center needs the community's help to ensure a safe and adequate supply not only for our community but for the communities impacted by this massive storm.

Bonfils Blood Center is a Blood Systems blood center, part of a 28-state network. Our network of blood centers works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most.

The timing of this storm is especially concerning approaching Labor Day, when donations drop due to the three-day holiday weekend.

Bonfils collects blood seven days a week, though operating days and hours vary by location. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, our Lowry, Westminster, Parker and Southwest Littleton community donor centers will be open from 8 am - 1 pm.

All blood donors are needed. Type O-positive and O-negative blood donations are most crucial to respond to emergencies.

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