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Red Cross in need of blood donations

Jan. 27, 2013 @ 06:15 PM

HUNTINGTON — Winter weather and illnesses are affecting blood donations, according to officials of the American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region.

"More healthy blood donors of all blood types are needed, particularly those with type O negative and B negative blood. Colds and flu may be contributing factors to an increased number of donor appointment cancellations," John Hagins, CEO, Greater Alleghenies Region, said in a release.

According to the Red Cross, approximately 38 percent of the public is eligible to donate blood, while only a fraction of those eligible donate blood each year.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in the region:

MONDAY, JAN. 28: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard, Huntington; noon to 6 p.m., Minford Emergency Service, Inc., 8466 State Route 335, Minford, Ohio; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Webster High School, 10529 St. Rt. 140, South Webster, Ohio;

TUESDAY, JAN. 29: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Department of Environmental Protection, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston; 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Huntington; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ohio University Riffe Center, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Three Rivers Medical Center, 2483 Ky Rt. 644, Louisa, Ky.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Daymar College, 3879 Rhodes Ave., New Boston, Ohio; noon to 6 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th St., Portsmouth, Ohio.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lincoln County High School, 81 Panther Way, Hamlin, W.Va.; 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Minford High School, 491 Bond Road, Minford, Ohio; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shawnee State University Student Activity Center, 940 2nd St., Portsmouth, Ohio; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ripley High School Band Room, 2 School Drive, Ripley, W.Va.