Red Cross announces emergency donor appeal

An emergency donor appeal has been issued by the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, after American Red Cross officials announced that blood inventories have dropped to the lowest levels in years. All blood types are needed, but types O positive and A positive are experiencing particularly high demand. Several collections are planned on the University Park campus in the coming weeks. Check the Penn State Red Cross Club's website at for a blood-drive calendar.

Recent weather has contributed to the shortage. Dozens of blood drives up and down the East Coast have been cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and other storms, resulting in the shortfall of several thousand blood donations.

This week, blood drives will be held on on the University Park campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 in Wagner Building, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the HUB-Robeson Center's Alumni Hall.

Those who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in many states), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors should bring a valid form of ID to each drive. Those with specific eligibility questions should call the Red Cross Donor Client Support Center at 866-236-3276. Many donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days.

Last Updated September 19, 2011