Donors in areas unaffected by the winter storm are encouraged to make blood and platelet donations. To make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, people must call 1-800-733-2767, download the Blood Donor App or go to the Red Cross website. They are required to identify with a blood donor card or driver’s license and two other pieces of identification. There are some other conditions required to become a donor: to be age 17 or older (16-year-olds can donate with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. The necessary distributed daily at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country by the American Red Cross are at least 14,000 blood and platelet donations a day.