Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.

Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS


Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the

Ellicottville area include:

Feb. 8, noon to 4 p.m., Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 E. Main St., Springville;

Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry St., Olean;

Feb. 12, noon to 5:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 209 W. State St., Olean;

Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Olean General Hospital, 515 Main St., Olean;

Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Randolph Central School, 18 Main St., Randolph; and

Feb. 15, noon to 5:30 p.m., Fireman’s Community Center, 188 W. Main St., Allegany.