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.

The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.

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.

Blood and platelet donations are needed in the coming days to help replenish the blood supply and ensure patients continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Donors can help even more patients when they invite a loved one, friend or co-worker to give with them.

Make an appointment to donate with the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in February:

Marion

8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 28, Fairmont Senior High School, 1 Loop Park.

Monongalia

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 16, RSMO American Red Cross Morgantown, 1299 Pineview Drive, Suite 300

1-6:45 p.m. Feb. 21, Student Rec Center, 2001 Rec Center Drive

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 23, RSMO American Red Cross Morgantown, 1299 Pineview Drive, Suite 300

10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 28, WVU Stansbury Hall, Beechurst Avenue