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Severe winter weather impacts Red Cross blood collections

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(KATV, Source: Red Cross) The winter weather has forced the American Red Cross to cancel about 300 blood drives in 25 states, including Arkansas. Spokesperson Marci Manley says, "That has led to a shortfall of about 8,800 blood and platelet donations. Blood types O, A negative and B negative are urgently needed."

They're asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations.

Manley says, "Residents in unaffected areas can help boost donations immediately." Blood drives at designated sites will offer extended hours to allow for more blood donation appointments

"It's the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits," said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. "Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather.

The Red Cross is extending donation hours at some sites to increase donations:

Jan. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

Jan. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy

Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

Jan. 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy

Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy

Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

Jan. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy

Jan. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

Jan. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy

Jan. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

Jan. 28 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy

Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy

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