Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.

In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.

Make an appointment to donate this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 16-28 include:

Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at St Peter’s United Church of Christ, 111 Pine, Inman

Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Pine Village Wellness Center, 86 22nd Ave., Moundridge

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.