Virginia Blood Services In Need Of Donors This Winter

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Virginia Blood Services needs about 400 units per day to maintain the supply in area hospitals.

"I've been in the Harrisonburg area for 43 years and I've given blood most of that time," said Owen Burkholder, an avid blood donor.

Burkholder said he has donated about 10 gallons of blood and said donating is very important to him. "I try to give some extra just out of gratitude and for those who have needs."

What Burkholder and many at Virginia Blood Services are concerned about is that donations are lower than usual this winter.

"As of last week, we were behind 615 units of blood," said Terry Atwater, a senior manager for Virginia Blood Services.

Atwater said this year's winter weather is to blame for the shortage of blood.

"That has reduced people who would normally be able to come in on a regular basis from doing so, it also incapacitates us because our vehicles, getting them on the road becomes a bit of a challenge because obviously we don't want our donors or our staff to venture out in treacherous weather conditions," Atwater said.

Atwater said they're currently reaching out to new donors and have extended the hours at many of their donor locations across the state.

As winter continues, Burkholder says he plans to keep donating and hopes you will too.

"It's really important for those of us who can to give as we can during this time." is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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