Red Cross seeks donations after 15 CT blood drives canceled by snow

A file photo of an American Red Cross blood drive at the mall in Milford, Conn., on Tuesday July 28, 2020. After recent winter weather in Connecticut prompted the Red Cross to cancel appointments for blood donations, officials are urging those able to donate to do so immediately.

After recent extreme winter weather forced cancellations of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives, the agency is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to donate.

During recent snow and ice storms, the Red Cross has canceled blood drives in about 30 states. The Red Cross said the canceled appointments would’ve accounted for more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations.

In Connecticut alone, more than 480 donations were uncollected and at least 15 blood drives canceled across the state in just the last week.

Red Cross officials are asking healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to donate as soon as possible.

Appointments can be made on the Red Cross blood donor smartphone applications, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 800-733-2767.

The Red Cross said it is also testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

The test can indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced coronavirus antibodies, even if the person didn’t have virus symptoms. The test is meant to help identify individuals who could help current virus patients in need of plasma transfusions to combat the virus. The results can take a week or two.

Anyone feeling sick, or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, is urged to postpone their donation.

Every Red Cross blood drive and donation center features temperature checks, social distancing and required face coverings.

BETHEL

Feb. 22: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road

March 5: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road

BRIDGEPORT

Feb. 24: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Ave.

Feb. 27: 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., McGivney Community Center, 338 Stillman St.

March 9: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Ave.

March 11: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 200 Mill Hill Ave.

BROOKFIELD

Feb. 24: 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Brookfield High School, 45 Long Meadow Hill Road

DANBURY

March 2: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Ave.

March 8: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Ave. Extension

March 8: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Ave. Extension

March 9: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Ave.

March 11: 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Gethsemane Baptist Church International, 8 Delay St.

EASTON

Feb. 25: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road

FAIRFIELD

Feb. 23: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scandinavian Club, 1351 South Pine Creek Road

March 3: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scandinavian Club, 1351 South Pine Creek Road

March 8: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike

March 8: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike

MONROE

Feb. 27: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church, 371 Old Zoar Road

NEW CANAAN

March 9: 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saint Mark’s Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge Road

NEWTOWN

Feb. 26: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

March 11: 1:30 p.m to 6 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

March 12: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

NORWALK

Feb. 23: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 25 France St.

March 3: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 25 France St.

March 12: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Ave.

RIDGEFIELD

March 4: 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Parks & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road

March 8: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ridgefield Parks & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road

SHELTON

March 5: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church St.

SHERMAN

March 6: 7:30 a.m. to noon, Sherman Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Route 39

STAMFORD

March 1: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Stamford Church of Christ, 1264 High Ridge Road

March 2: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 First Stamford Place

March 6: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holy Spirit Church, 403 Scofieldtown Road

March 13: 7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Union Baptist Church, 805 Newfield Ave.

March 15: 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bedford St.

TRUMBULL

Feb. 25: 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Westfield Trumbull, 5055 Main St.

Feb. 26: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Insports Centers, 29 Trefoil Drive

March 2: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road

March 6: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, 6948 Main St.

March 12: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Insports Centers, 29 Trefoil Drive

WESTPORT

Feb. 26: Noon to 5 p.m., Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane

March 11: Noon to 5 p.m., VFW, 465 Riverside Ave.

March 12: Noon to 5 p.m., Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane

WILTON

Feb. 25: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Church, 229 Danbury Road

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