The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather also have impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected.

“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”

Call 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Our Lady of Grace, 3005 Condit St., Highland

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Army National Guard - Valparaiso, 1502 Linwood Ave., Valparaiso

Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 W. Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso

Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, First Church of God, 2020 E. Lincolnway, LaPorte

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Stifel, Nicolaus and Co., Inc., 10550 Broadway, Crown Point

2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, St. Bridget Church, 107 Main St., Hobart

2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, United Methodist Church, 202 W. Church St., Hebron

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main St., Crown Point

8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Kouts High School, 302 E. College Ave., Kouts

1:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Kouts High School, 302 E. College Ave., Kouts

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Kingsbury Elementary School, 802 W. County Road 400 South, LaPorte

1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Town Hall - Municipal Building, 170 S. Grace St., Wheatfield

Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, 33 Muenich Court, Hammond

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church, 218 S. Court St., Crown Point

1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16, St. John Kanty, 7012 North 600 East, Rolling Prairie

1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16, St. Teresa of Avila, 1604 Lincolnway, Valparaiso

1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16, St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway, Schererville

Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 16, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17, Washington Township High School, 381 E. Ind. 2, Valparaiso

1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Valparaiso Nazarene Church, 2702 Glendale Ave., Valparaiso

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17, Michiana Hematology Oncology, 1668 S. U.S. 421, Westville

7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Kankakee Valley High School, 3923 W. Ind. 10, Wheatfield

1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18, First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19, Purdue University Northwest - Westville Campus, Library Student Faculty Building Room 144, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville

Noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 19, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20, LaPorte High School, 602 F St., LaPorte

2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 20, LaPorte High School, 602 F St., LaPorte

8 a.m.to noon Jan. 21, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

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