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Winter weather forces cancellation of more than 30 blood drives

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LITTLE ROCK – On Monday the American Red Cross said severe winter weather has forced the cancellation of 32 Red Cross blood drives in Arkansas, southwest Missouri and the Memphis area, which resulted in a shortfall of about 1,000 expected blood and platelet donations over the past five days. 

The Red Cross is urging donors to make an appointment when they are able to return to normal activities and it's considered safe to travel.  You can set up an appointment at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients in need, especially types O negative, B negative and A negative. Platelet donations are also needed as they must be transfused within in five days of donation and must be constantly replenished.