Blood counts were extremely low this winter, but February got the count back on track.
Between the 27 counties in the Central Ohio Region they need 650 units of blood daily. The bad weather in December and January caused drive cancelations and bad turn outs. The result was a dangerously low blood count.
"We are in recovery mode now so the blood supply is recovering but we still need blood. It's like a river , you can dame it up , but it doesn't stop; the need for blood...
The Muskingum Valley Red Cross says they are holding a blood drive for most of Tuesday due the a serious blood shortage. The event is being held today at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church in South Zanesville. The blood drive runs until 7:00 pm. The public is welcome to donate.
School cancelations affect blood drives. When schools are closed the drive be held and the blood supply runs low. The Red Cross depends on high school blood drives and had to cancel some important ones that will not be rescheduled. Those who had to miss giving blood are encouraged to find another drive.
"We really depend on the high schools in winter months and through out the school year they come through big for us for blood donations and unfortunately with the winter we are...
The need for blood is constant and locals are helping out.
The Muskingum Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross held a blood drive at Secrest Auditorium Thursday. Blood Donor Representative Rick Dayton says their is always a demand for blood but this time of year is especially important. But if you are unable to donate blood, there are other ways you can help save lives.
"If the place where you go to church or work, if you want to try to set up a blood drive, they can...
Experts say one out of every ten people admitted to the hospital needs blood.
A Red Cross blood drive was held at the Perry Township Fire Department Wednesday afternoon and is held twice a year. Coordinator Paula Lively said after her traumatic experience during surgery, she realized the importance of donating.
"I had a hysterectomy and almost bled to death during the hysterectomy and so I had two blood transfusions," she said.
Donating blood now comes with a meal, with a the help of one local organization.
The Carr Center at 1035 Beverely Avenue is giving away free lunch to anyone who donates blood. The adult daycare program wanted to give back to the community for being so generous during the cake auction.
"They chose the red cross because the red cross just reaches out in so many different directions and that's something that they could do that wouldn't be for just one organization., they help...
The blood supply is low here in southeastern Ohio and one local Red Cross chapter is stepping up it's efforts to help.
The Muskingum Valley Red Cross hosted a blood drive this afternoon before the races tonight at the Muskingum County Speedway.
"Our blood supplies are low for the summer months, we are we have some some blood types are less than a days supply, so yeah, we are serious about collecting blood right now," said Rick Dayton of Red Cross Donor Services....
Paula Lively is a living example that donating blood can make a difference.
She had complications from surgery she had 3 years ago.
"...and almost died from that surgery. I had a blood transfusion and the blood clotted it off. It saved my life, " says Lively.
Lively's father also was saved by donated blood when he was younger and received serious burns to his body. Every person who donated during the blood drive at the Perry Township Fire Department this afternoon...