Red Cross in need of donations after bad weather cancels blood drives

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Red Cross is hurting from the severe winter weather we’ve had recently.

Across North Carolina they’ve had to cancel 50 blood drives over the past several days because volunteers and donors couldn’t make it out of their homes.

Regional CEO Barry Porter says that amounts to about 2,300 blood donations lost, hurting their already low blood supply.

“That’s about three days’ worth of blood supply that’s lost. We try to maintain three days on the shelf. So pretty much what it means now is, hospitals put in the order to the Red Cross, and we’re delivering that blood almost immediately as soon as it clears its testing, its processing and is eligible to be released,” said Porter.

Porter says they are also in need of platelet donations. If you’d like to donate, check out the Red Cross website for the blood drive closest to you.

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