Severe weather blamed for blood shortage

(WJLA) - The recent winter storms have done more than close schools and federal offices. According to The American Red Cross, severe weather throughout January and into February forced them to cancel hundreds of blood drives in 26 states and Washington, D.C., resulting in nearly 20,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

The Red Cross must collect on average about 15,000 pints of blood each day for patients at about 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, according to officials.{ }

Right now, there is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative.

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