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Blood Donations Go Uncollected Due To Winter Weather: American Red Cross

Blood Donations Go Uncollected Due To Winter Weather: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross says these affected more than 28,000 fewer donations than needed in November and December.

Of course, in the Norfolk and Coastal areas of Virginia, blood drives scheduled for last week had to be cancelled due to the storm, further hampering the donations there.

"We are profoundly grateful for all of you - from those who roll up a sleeve to give, to those who donate funds so that the Red Cross can meet patient needs. Sometimes they'll send a friend or family member in their spot to donate so we don't lose that blood product".

The Oklahoma Blood Institute says it is in serious need of O-negative blood donors.

"Hospitals don't take snow days, and neither do we", said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood.

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Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

January is officially known as National Blood Donor Month. By giving platelets regularly, donors can help patients kick cancer and recover from other life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

If the current trend of bad weather continues without more blood donors coming in, Michigan Blood's inventory could drop to critical levels.

Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.