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News release from the American Red Cross:

Urgent need for donations after 200+ blood drive cancellations

(March 9, 2015) – Severe winter weather has dominated the headlines across much of the country the past few months, but there’s one effect of the freezing temperatures, icy roads and mounting snow that may have been overlooked: the impact to the blood supply.

March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This shortfall follows more than 26,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations in February due to severe weather across 27 states.

Though the severe winter weather impacted blood donation opportunities and donors’ ability to give, hospital patients still rely on transfusions of blood and platelets. Please help the Red Cross relay the urgent need for donors to help restock our shelves now that the severe weather has passed by sharing the information in the attached news release, which also includes upcoming donation opportunities.

 

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