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Harsh Winter Threatens Blood Supply

Canceled blood drives lead to shortened supply.

PEORIA – The severe winter weather that swept through Central Illinois this winter is having effects on things other than just your heating bill.

The American Red Cross saw 1,500 blood drives get canceled so far this year, 45 of those in the Peoria area.

The result: 50,000 uncollected blood products.

The Red Cross says donors of all types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.

Communication program manager Ben Corey says, “When blood drives are canceled, it potentially affects the blood that goes to hospitals in need. While eligible donors came out to make up for that shortfall earlier in the year, we still need donors to come out and give.”

March is Red Cross Month.

If you’d like to make an appointment to donate, you can call 1-800-Red-Cross or go to www.redcrossblood.org.

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