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Winter weather has taken its toll on the American Red Cross blood supply. Nearly 70 blood drives have been canceled in the River Valley region since the first winter storm on Dec. 6.
Lindsay English, communications manager for the Red Cross, said the canceled drives equate to nearly 1,800 units of blood lost.
"This has been one of the harder winters that we have experienced recently," English said. "When schools and businesses close, we have to shut down as well."
Regardless of weather conditions, about every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.
Residents wanting to help the Red Cross offset its weather-related shortfall of donations have an opportunity to do so Monday, March 17, at a blood drive hosted by the Taylor County Homemakers.
Appointments and walk-ins will be accepted from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office.
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.
To make an appointment, call (270) 465-4511.