Malloy donates blood to American Red Cross


January is historically known as national blood donor month and with severe winter weather there has been a tremendous impact on blood donations.

Kesselring touches on the effects of weather on current blood donations."We have lost 158 blood drives due to severe winter weather that has caused us to lose about 55 hundred pints of blood collected".

Red Cross Blood Services spokeswoman Kelly Isenor says there are two ways to get information on a drive near you.

But the Red Cross had already been struggling keeping those shelves stocked.

"All blood is needed, but right now, we need negatives to come in, A negatives, B negatives, and O negatives", says Amy Perreira with the Red Cross.

It's after the holidays now and according to the American Red Cross the need for blood is at an all-time high. "This is critical to ensure we continue to meet the needs of patients".

Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

If you're eligible to donate (you can check if you are here), head to one of the Bonfils blood donation locations, which you can find online. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.

Pipestone: 1 to 7 p.m. January 23, St. Leo's Catholic Church, 415 S. Hiawatha Ave.

Monday, Feb. 5 at the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Office Building, 1305 Sixth St., Peru from 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 Fourth St., Peru from 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.