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Be Someone’s Hero. Give Blood.

Urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather and high blood usage

NEWARK, Del. – The Blood Bank of Delmarva is issuing an urgent call today for blood and platelet
donors to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage. O negative and Platelet blood
donations, in particular, are critically needed right now.

Severe winter weather with snow storms has had a tremendous impact on blood donations. More than 12
blood drives have been canceled in March causing more than 600 blood and platelet donations to go
uncollected. Further adding to the low supply was the flu season, as well as higher blood usage at
several local hospitals responding to traumas.

O negative is the universal blood type and is used to treat patients during emergencies when their
blood type is unknown. Platelets are regularly used to treat patients recovering from cancer and
have a shelf life of five days.

Eligible individuals are urged to schedule a blood or platelet donation today by visiting
https://donate.bbd.org or call us at 1-888-8-BLOOD-8. Donors can also walk into any of our four centers: Christiana, Del, Salisbury MD., Dover, Del and Chadds Ford, Pa.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health
may give blood as often as every 56 days. All donors must provide a photo ID or two other forms of
identification, including date of birth.

It takes at least 350 donors per day to supply the 19 local hospitals throughout the Delmarva
Peninsula with the blood they need for patients.

Although the urgent need is O negative blood, all types are needed every day to ensure an adequate
blood supply. Please be a hero and help us provide hope to those who need blood.
About Blood Bank of Delmarva

Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) is a non‐profit community service organization that provides blood and
blood products to 19 hospitals in the greater Delmarva region.  In addition, BBD provides donor
testing services for blood collection centers.  BBD is a member of America’s Blood Centers and
accredited by aabb.  For more information about the Blood Bank, or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call 1 888 8‐BLOOD‐8.

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