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Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help

Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help

Severe weather forced a number of blood drives to be cancelled, and now the organization is asking the public to help fight the winter blood shortage.

Across the country, 150 blood drives were canceled and 5,500 donations were lost. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system-once local patient needs are met-to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most.

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services. She says during November and December the Red Cross was short 28,000 donors from normal levels.

The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

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Donors of all blood types are needed.

Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

While all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a critical need for type O-negative and platelets.

"It's an important blood type for emergency situations", Lewis said.


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