Winter storms taking toll on blood supply

Red Cross

WTNH– These back-to-back winter storms are taking a toll on the area’s blood supply.

The Red Cross says since the beginning of the year, 1,500 blood drives have been canceled nationwide because of the weather.

They are in urgent need of O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative blood types.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

You must be 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health to be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet a height and weight requirements.

If you are interested in donating blood, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go http://www.redcrossblood.org/.

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