The American Red Cross is asking residents of Montana to get ready for possible wildfire evacuations this summer. (MTN News photo)

HELENA –  Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school,  it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments.

In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.

    • East Helena
    • 2/22/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., East Helena United Methodist Church, 50 Prickly Pear Ave.
  • Helena
    • 2/16/2018: 9: 30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Helena Blood Donation Center, 3150 N. Montana Avenue, Ste. B
    • 2/16/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cogswell Building, 1400 Broadway
    • 2/20/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Helena Blood Donation Center, 3150 N. Montana Avenue, Ste. B
    • 2/21/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mitchell Building, 125 N. Roberts St.
    • 2/22/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Lewis & Clark Public Library, 120 South Last Chance Gulch
    • 2/23/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Helena Blood Donation Center, 3150 N. Montana Avenue, Ste. B
    • 2/26/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Department of Natural Resources, 1539 11th Ave.
    • 2/27/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Helena Blood Donation Center, 3150 N. Montana Avenue, Ste. B
  • Lincoln
  • 2/15/2018: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lincoln Community Center, 404 Main

Make an appointment to donate this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to donate blood
A blood donor card, or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

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Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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