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

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

Seasonal illnesses and hectic holiday schedules also prevented donors from giving, resulting in more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December 2017.

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

While that loss certainly hits the American Red Cross severely, that's not abnormal for the season.

The American Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at roughly 2,600 hospitals across the country.

That's why employees at the Blood Center in Metairie are encouraging you to give back this January.

According to the Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. and approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day - one vehicle accident victim could require as many as 100 pints of blood.

"Blood can't be stockpiled", DeFrancis said.

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"And it's even more important when you see the effects of it first hand", he said.

According to the nonprofit's CEO, Ana Montero, since January 1 volunteers responded to more than 35 fires in the state and helped 260 people from 92 families. "It's not fun if somebody has to receive blood". "We're in a critical need".

While all blood types are needed, platelets and blood types O negative, B negative and AB are especially needed.

Road conditions and too much snow also forces them to close for the safety of donors.

You can make an appointment to donate blood and help save a life. The storm killed at least 12 people and caused Boston's tides to surge to record-breaking levels, flooding parts of the city's public transit system. Karpen has been donating blood since his 20s.

The next blood drive will be noon-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Zion United Church of Christ, 1521 Sixth St., Peru. Donations came be made from 1 p.m.to 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m Friday.


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