After the Severe Weather, American Red Cross Needs Blood & Platelet Donations

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The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations after the severe weather cancelled many drives in many states.

Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were cancelled across the United States, due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8400 blood and platelet donations since January 2.

Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types - O positive and negative, A negative and B negative - are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall. Platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed.

Call 1-800-Red Cross or visit to find a donation opportunity and location.