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American Red Cross short on donations

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The American Red Cross is looking for more help after the bitterly cold weather we saw last week stopped them from collecting blood and platelet donations.

Brian Gomez, with the American Red Cross, said nearly 320 Red Cross blood drives were canceled in 25 states, resulting in a shortfall of more than 9,300 blood and platelet donations. In Wisconsin, 14 blood drives were canceled, resulting in 566 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

Gomez said the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Now, the Red Cross is encouraging all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the days ahead. Gomez said all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients, but there is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative.

To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to donate, click here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Gomez joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday.

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