Red Cross seeks urgent blood donations after weather cancels drives across U.S.

March storms cancelled more than 200 blood drives and nearly 7,000 planned donations of blood and platelets, according to an American Red Cross news release Monday. Severe February weather across much of the country already hampered another 26,400 donations in February.

That’s led the nonprofit to turn to less frozen parts of the U.S. for help.

“Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves, they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need,” said Julia Wulf, CEO of the Red Cross’ Lewis and Clark and Arizona Blood Services Region, which includes Idaho.

The Red Cross seeks in particular donors with in-demand blood types: O negative, A negative and B negative.

To find out if you can donate and schedule a donation, download the Red Cross’ blood donor app for iOS or Android, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).