by: SUBMITTED GRAPHIC: AMERICAN RED CROSS - This graphic shows how severe weather disrupted blood donations to the American Red Cross last month.The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February.

Severe winter weather throughout January and continuing this week across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in an estimated more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. “Blood products were distributed to hospitals as quickly as the donations came in,” said Daphne Mathew, communications director of the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. “The extraordinary number of cancellations in January was the equivalent of the Red Cross having to shut down its national operations for more than an entire day.”

Upcoming donation opportunities in West Linn include:

  • Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at New Life Church, 19915 Old River Drive.
  • March 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Willamette Christian Church, 3153 S. Brandywine Drive.
  • March 15 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at New Life Church, 19915 Old River Drive.
  • March 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Starbucks, 22750 Salamo Road.
  • Sign up to donate blood by going online to or by calling 1-800-733-3767. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. With additional winter weather already happening or forecast for parts of the country in the next week or two, all blood types are currently needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients.

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