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13 January 2018, 02:41 | Lena Norman
American Red Cross reports blood shortages
Every day in Hampton Roads, the American Red Cross needs to collect 350 pints of blood.
Fewer people donate blood around the holidays due to the weather and their busy schedules, but this year the American Red Cross says they're feeling the hit even more. "Also, if you are using electrical space heaters make sure that you plug them directly into an outlet and you are in the room when you are using them and when you go to leave the room turn them off".
Ryan Edsall, account manager of donor recruitment for American Red Cross of North Central West Virginia, said more than 1,400 units of blood were lost between January 2 and January 10 in this region alone.
He said you can answer the questionnaire on the app before coming to the blood drive, saving 15 to 20 minutes. O blood is the most common blood type. "The Red Cross is doing everything we can to ensure blood products are available for hospital patients during these hard winter months, but we need help from our regular donors - as well as those who are willing to donate for the first time - to give as soon as possible". "It will make some good somewhere, and it will save somebody's life". But storms across the western part of the state have set back donations.
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Scott said the goal of Suster's drive was to filled 78 or 79 donor slots and successfully collect 60 donations of blood.
- Tuesday, Jan. 16 - The First Baptist Church of Shinnston is hosting a blood drive from 1:30 p.m.to 6 p.m.
Two blood drives are being held Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., at Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News and at Chesapeake Square Mall in Chesapeake.
Walk-ins are welcome, although appointments are encouraged.
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