Winter Weather Causes Severe Drop in Blood Donations During Critical Shortage

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2017's hurricanes across the country, as well as wildfires in many states, including California, along with the current wintry weather on the East Coast has forced the nonprofit to cancel 150 blood drives.

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

One blood collector at the Duluth Red Cross said that another thing holding people back is they are intimated to give blood, because they believe it's a hard process when it really isn't.

It takes over 3,000 blood donations a week for Bonfils to meet patient needs-and to be ready for the unexpected-in Colorado.

The plasma type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation. Those who are eligible can donate red blood cells six times a year-you have to wait 56 days in between donations-and platelet donors can give up to 24 times a year.

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Gov. Malloy says he comes from a family of donors and has been giving blood for the past 40 years. Presently, the biggest necessities are Type O negative and B negative blood donations, as well as blood platelet donations often needed by cancer patients. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

Canadian Blood Services' blood donor centre in St. John's is open Mondays to Saturdays, with varied hours each day.

The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood and platelet donors. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Currie: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. January 12, Municipal Building, 801 Third St.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 Fourth St., Peru from noon-5:30 p.m.

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