Local Blood Drives Impacted by Winter Weather

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Across the nation, more than 315 blood drives have been canceled due to the weather, resulting in more than 9,000 lost donations.

Locally, we have had about 300 fewer pints of blood than usual around this time of year. Tuesday's winter weather will not help their efforts to get more blood.

Kim Thomas, the donor recruitment manager for the American Red Cross, said hospitals are especially in need of O negative blood. She said it is important to be prepared every day, so if there is a global or national need, the need can be met.

"Medical directors would have to make decisions about who is in the most crucial need at the time. We never want to see that kind of thing happen. The emergency room is where you always expect to be helped," said Thomas.

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