Red Cross blood supply still recovering from winter

FAIRFIELD — Though spring is on its way, the American Red Cross reports that its blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. And even though more snow is expected this week, Red Cross representatives are urging people to get out when it’s safe and donate blood.

Winter weather in parts of the country forced more than 270 blood drives to cancel, resulting in over 9,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations in the first two weeks of March. In Connecticut, 39 blood drives were canceled due to winter weather in March, causing 1,287 donations to go uncollected. No matter the weather, the need for blood to help cancer patients, those undergoing surgeries, trauma patients and others remains.

Volunteer blood donors from across the country are needed to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients this spring. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-733-2767.