Holidays leading to drop, shortage in donated blood supply

Holidays leading to drop, shortage in donated blood supply (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There is a special call for help now in this “season of giving.”

That call for help is coming from Hoxworth Blood Centers.

Donors are down this holiday week as the need for blood continues, which is kind of ironic given it is the “season of giving.”

As you run around and get those after Christmas bargains in the next few days, the team at Haworth Blood Centers asking you to remember that the need for blood never goes away.

“The need for blood doesn't take a holiday, so we really need people to come in roll up a sleeve and donate blood or platelets,” said Cara Nicolas of the Hoxworth Blood Center.

Platelets are used to treat cancer and burn patients and they also help treat patients who are bleeding badly in accidents when injured.

Both really drive up the need for blood and blood products this time of year.

Hoxworth needs all types of blood but O Negative blood is especially sought after.

“We are always in need of O Negative because those transfuse to anyone in an emergency,” said Cara Nicholas.

The good news is that it's a peak week for movies and there are some local drives at local theaters between now and the end of the year.

“So, if you donate at one of those movie theaters, you'll get one free movie ticket, so it's a good time to bring a friend, they will get a free movie ticket and then you can go to the movies together,” said Cara.

Remember that as everyone brings in the New Year on January 1st, the holiday will shut down blood donor drives for another day.

“So that could leave us in a hole, 350 blood donations that we would normally get,” said Cara.

Here's what you need to know: When if you can't get in this week, if you can call 513-451-0910 and make an appointment even for next week, the blood is promised to area hospitals based on those appointments.

All the donations do stay in the local area. They serve 31 area hospitals in the Tri-State area.

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