Harsh winter causes greater need for blood donations

Donors of all blood types continue to be needed. Eligible donors with Rh negative blood types are encouraged to give double red cells where available. Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its important humanitarian work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- The Red Cross says this harsh winter has created a greater need for blood donations.

A blood drive was held at Chippewa Falls High School Friday as part of National American Red Cross Month.

The Red Cross says there's been a big increase in the amount of disasters from fires and power outages because of the severe winter weather that hit most of the nation this year. Red Cross blood drives across several states were also forced to cancel in January and February because of the weather, resulting in more than 50,000 canceled donations.

Volunteers in Chippewa Falls told us it feels good to be able to help.

"I've just enjoyed volunteering my whole life and this is one opportunity that I can kind of give back to my community and help the donors and the Red Cross," said Chi-Hi Junior, Noah Mutter-Schult.

For information on blood drives or other ways to donate, click on the attached link.

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