Low Donations Prompts Blood Drives by the Red Cross, Huntington Memorial Hospital

Published : Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 6:52 AM

Low Donations Prompts Blood Drives by the Red Cross

The Pasadena Blood Donation Center is scheduling blood donors daily throughout the month of February, as the American Red Cross continues its campaign for blood donations after more than 600 blood drives were cancelled throughout the country because of severe winter weather, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

Aside from the bad weather, the widespread flu also resulted in lower turnouts among usual blood donors.

The Pasadena Blood Donation Center, at 133 N. Altadena Drive, is open for donors from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday every week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, and around 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Blair High School and Maranatha High School, also in Pasadena, are scheduling their own blood donation drives, assisted by the American Red Cross, within the month.

Separately but simultaneously, the region’s only trauma center, Huntington Memorial Hospital, has launched its own blood donation drive and is encouraging Pasadena donors to visit its Blood Donor Center.

In a message on its Facebook page, the hospital said much of the medical care it provides depends on a steady supply of voluntary blood donations.

Life-saving blood donations made be made to either institution. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

For more information, contact either the Hospital or the American Red Cross via the contact information below.

Call the Huntington Hospital’s Blood Donor Center at (626) 397-5422 or visit https://www.huntingtonhospital.org/giveblood.

Visit the American Red Cross website, www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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