Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.

Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected.

Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he received 115 blood products. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron, so he encourages others to give.

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.” 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cloud

Glasco — noon to 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Main and Haynes

Harvey

Halstead — 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Catholic Parish Hall, 419 Poplar

Hesston — 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main

Lincoln

Lincoln — Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Christian Community Center, 137 N. 4th St.

Sylvan Grove — noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 308 N. Indiana

McPherson

Moundridge — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Mid Kansas Coop, 307 W. Cole St.

Mitchell

Beloit — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at North Central Kansas Wellness Center Gym, 3033 U.S. Highway 24

Reno

Hutchinson — 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman

Hutchinson — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan 24 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman

Hutchinson — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman

Hutchinson — 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Avenue A Park, 1 West Avenue A

Hutchinson — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Hutchinson Community College Student Union, 1300 N. Plum

Noon to 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Center Amish Mennonite Church, 7611 W. Morgan Ave.

Pretty Prairie — 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Pretty Prairie Middle School, Main and Maple

Yoder — 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Journey @ Yoder, 3605 E. Longview Road

Republic

Cuba — 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Community Center, 200 Baird St.

Rice

Sterling — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Sterling High School, 308 E. Washington

Saline

Salina — noon to 6 p.m. on Jan 24 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 302 S. Seventh