(Atlantic) January is National Blood Donor Month.
April Oppliger, spokesperson for the American Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region, said the American Red Cross typically sees a decline in blood donations following the holiday season and due to the winter weather that crossed the United States last week blood donations were affected even more.
“The Red Cross saw over 300 blood drives cancelled and collected 9,300 fewer blood and platelet donations just from those cancelled drives,” said Oppliger. “So, it’s very important right now that people come out to give blood to help up make sure that we are able to continue to meet patient needs.”
Several blood drives are scheduled this week in southwest Iowa. Today you can donate blood at the Exira Rec Center from Noon to 6 p.m. or the Glenwood Trinity Lutheran Church from Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, a blood drive will be held at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. And, on Thursday donors can stop by the Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic from Noon to 6 p.m. or St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia from Noon to 6 p.m.
For more information on upcoming blood drives you can visit www.redcrossblood.org.