Polar Vortex Blamed for Critically Low Blood Supply
Memorial Blood Centers says its supply has reached critically low levels due to this week’s Arctic blast and is in desperate need of donations. One Plymouth man is doing his part to help out.
“I heard there was a shortage so that’s why I’m here,” says Stan Tikkanen, a blood donor.
Tikkanen has been donating blood for 50 years. On Friday he donated his 18th gallon of blood.
“I was the in the military,” he said. “My fellow soldiers needed blood and I happened to have a very good blood type for donations. I’m an AB positive so that also is ideal for platelets.”
Blood Supply Critically Low
Donors like Tikkanen are critical, especially now. Blood banks are struggling to meet their regular demands.
“We are currently critically low,” said Larry Silber with Memorial Blood Centers. “A lot of donors that canceled their appointments on Wednesday and Thursday a lot of businesses were closed. Hopefully when the weather warms up we will be able to catch up.”
Every week Memorial Blood Centers needs to collect 2,000 units to meet demand.
“Donating blood is one of the best ways to pay it forward,” said Silber. “Today’s blood will be used for patients in the weeks to come. It takes just under an hour to donate. You can donate a pint of blood and know you are helping patients in area hospitals.”
That satisfaction is something that motivates donors like Tikkanen. He hopes it motivates others to donate as well.
“I just feel good about giving,” he said. “I am fortunate enough to have my health and I enjoying giving to other.”
How to Donate
If you are interested in donating you do so at multiple locations. For a list of place to donate and hours of operations visit Memorial Blood Centers website.