Local Blood Donors Still Needed to Recover From Weather-Related Shortage

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Despite these challenges, Murphy said the need for blood doesn't take a day off.

"That's not including blood drives that have had lower turnouts and have under-performed due to weather", Edsall said. The American Red Cross wants your blood.

Samantha Pollard, Red Cross spokeswoman for the Midwest Blood Services Region, said winter weather has not yet significantly affected Nebraska as a whole.

Faas said 28,000 fewer people donated in November and December in 2017.

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The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has seen a dip in donations recently. "We're asking donors to help us have a strong recovery from the cold snap to help make sure we can provide a steady blood supply for our local hospitals". "It's not fun if somebody has to receive blood". "We're in a critical need".

O-negative blood is considered the universal donor and can be given to any patient in need, while B-negative blood blood can be transfused to B positive and negative donors. "They can also print or email their pass".

Tuesday alone, volunteers from the CNY and Finger Lakes Chapters responding to three fires, providing assistance to 35 people in Fulton, Liverpool and Elmira Heights.

Blood donations are standardized at 1 pint - there are 8 to 9 pints in the human body at any given time - and are first sent to a national testing lab and identified with a specific blood-type before being cleared for use at area hospitals.

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Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.

- Friday, Jan. 12 - The Knights of Columbus in Clarksburg is hosting a blood drive sponsored by the American Legion Post 13 from 1:30 p.m.to 7 p.m.

The next blood drive in the Magic Valley will be January 22 to 24 at the Church of Ascension Episcopal in Twin Falls.

Two blood drives are being held Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., at Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News and at Chesapeake Square Mall in Chesapeake. "Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator can earn a gift card and are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education".

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