Red Cross in dire need of platelet donations

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – In the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s strike on the southeast United States, the American Red Cross has issued an emergency need for platelet donations for cancer and surgery patients.

According to the Red Cross, cold and flu season typically prevents many regular donors from giving platelets, but Hurricane Matthew forced the cancellation of more than 100 blood drives. Healthy donors are needed to give platelets.

Platelets are what allow blood to clot; they must be transfused into a cancer patient within five days of donation.

Local Platelet Donation Centers – Hours are through Oct. 23:

ILLINOIS

Fairview Heights
10/15 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/16 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/17 – Mon: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/18 – Tue: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/19 – Wed: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/21 – Fri: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/22 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/23 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MISSOURI

Crestwood
10/15 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/16 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/17 – Mon: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/18 – Tue: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/19 – Wed: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/20 – Thu: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/21 – Fri: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/22 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/23 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chesterfield
10/15 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/16 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/17 – Mon: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/18 – Tue: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/19 – Wed: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/21 – Fri: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/22 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/23 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saint Peters
10/15 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/16 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/17 – Mon: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/19 – Wed: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/20 – Thurs: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/21 – Fri: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/22 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/23 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Louis (Lindell Blvd)
10/15 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/16 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/17 – Mon: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/18 – Tues: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/20 – Thurs: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10/21 – Fri: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/22 – Sat: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10/23 – Sun: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.