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Winter weather creates increased need for blood donations

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The American Red Cross says the Wisconsin winter weather throughout January and February has forced the cancellation of American Red Cross blood drives.

This year, 1,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 34 states because of snow and freezing temperatures. This results in 50,000 uncollected blood donations. 

"The Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to help patients in need across the country, including here in Iowa and Wisconsin," said Greg Novinska, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. "Regardless of the weather, patients are counting on blood products to be there when needed."

Red Cross blood donations were down about 10 percent in January compared to their four-year average, and now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals literally as quickly as donations are coming in.

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For a list of Wisconsin blood drive donation centers, click here.


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