ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Due to the recent severe weather, the American Red Cross had to cancel multiple blood drives, leading to a shortage of blood donations.
According to the American Red Cross, more than 300 units of blood went uncollected across the Commonwealth while more than 15,000 blood donations went uncollected on a national level.
The Red Cross says other states dealing with challenging weather is causing a ripple effect in the blood supply across the country.
The organizations says blood is something that cannot be stockpiled because it has to be given and infused into a patient every 42 days, which is why volunteers are essential.
“There are people that are having cancer treatment, emergency situations and there is a lot of impacts that people need blood like every single day, and we need volunteer donors to give that blood,” said Jackie Grant, the executive director of the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross.
According to Red Cross, one donation of blood can save three people, so you are strongly encouraged to donate if you can.
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