The recent spate of bad weather has resulted in a shortage of blood and blood products — platelets and the most in-demand blood types, O positive and negative, A negative and B negative, says Ryan Corcoran, CEO of the Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region. Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients must be transfused within five days, so donations are constant. Donation dates and sites include:
■ Friday: Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, 3300 W. Campus Road, West Columbia, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Trenholm Plaza. 4840 Forest Drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
■ Sunday: Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, 120 Marydale Lane, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
■ Monday: Richland School District 1, 1616 Richland St., 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2491 Emmanuel Church Road, West Columbia, 3-7:30 p.m.
■ Tuesday: Lexington Medical Center Irmo, 7035 St. Andrews Road, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; S.C. Probation, Parole & Pardon Services, 2221 Devine St., 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
■ Wednesday: ERA Wilder Realty, 129 Sparkleberry Lane Ext., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; BlueCross Blue Shield Farrrow Road, 8901 Farrow Road, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; YMCA of Sumter, 510 MIller Road, Sumter, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
■ Thursday: BlueCross BlueShield Camden, 2300 Sprindale Drive, Camden, 10 a.m.-3 p.m; Health and Human Services, 1801 Main St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
■ Jan. 17: SLED, 4400 Broad River Road, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
■ Jan. 23: Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
-- BY ROSIE BROOKS