Published by Kirby Winn on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 in News Releases
Widespread snowfall and freezing temps in the ImpactLife service region are taking a toll on travel plans as well as the blood supply. The winter storm moving across the ImpactLife service region has caused several area school districts to cancel classes or delay the start of the school day in that, in turn, is leading to canceled blood drives, missed appointments, and lost donations.
Projected losses from canceled blood drives will exceed 100 donations on Wednesday, January 25, with additional cancellations and missed appointments possible in the aftermath of today’s storm. ImpactLife is asking eligible blood donors who can safely travel to help recoup those losses by scheduling an appointment for blood donation.
The storm's impact is primarily in the central and southern portion of the ImpactLife service region, with blood drive cancellations reported in Breese, Decatur, and Table Grove, Illinois. Donors may schedule appointments to give blood at ImpactLife donor centers or at an upcoming mobile blood drive by calling (800) 747-5401, schedule online at www.bloodcenter.org, or use the IMPACT mobile app (www.bloodcenter.org/app).
To thank donors who provide this lifesaving resource, ImpactLife will provide all registered donors with a voucher to redeem for their choice of an electronic gift card or a green “Changing the World Together” T-shirt from ImpactLife. (For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org/promotions.)
ImpactLife is a not-for-profit community organization providing blood services to more than 120 hospitals and emergency medical service providers in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. Services extend from southcentral Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Chariton, Iowa. (See a map of the ImpactLife service region.) ImpactLife operates 22 Donor Centers and holds approximately 5000 mobile blood drives annually to provide blood components needed for patient transfusions at hospitals throughout our region.
For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and find us @impactlifeblood on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube.