Local blood collecting centers say they haven't had any calls yet to increase supplies for the military because of the war with Iraq but volunteer donors still are needed to meet current quotas at the Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross, said Jo Byers, director.
Byers said the Red Cross has been told by the Pentagon that it is now meeting the need for Persian Gulf troops participating in Operation Desert Storm. The Red Cross and the American Association of Blood Banks had been shipping 1,000 units of blood per week since early this month.
However, local donating has dropped since the holidays, she said. She said the local Red Cross blood center, 329 Mo., has a quota of 20 per day.
"I think we drew four units of blood yesterday," she said. It's probably as low as it's been since it's been in operation."
Steve Hawkins, manager of Lawrence Donor Center, 816 W. 24th, said today that so far the business has not had an increase in demand.
"We're pretty busy," he said.
Some people have contacted him by telephone to ask about giving blood, he said. The company pays $10 for a plasma donation and $10 for whole blood donations.
The Lawrence business is owned by North American Biologicals, Miami, Fla., which sells the blood to pharmaceutical companies that manufacture blood products, such as clotting factors for hemophiliacs, proteins for burn victims and vaccines for hepatitis and tetanus.