Grant said severe winter weather is only one of several factors that has had a tremendous impact on blood donations this year. Plus, they said in a Monday press release, the holidays, flu season, and cold weather resulted in "28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December". Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations - in particular - are critically needed right now.
One blood collector at the Duluth Red Cross said that another thing holding people back is they are intimated to give blood, because they believe it's a hard process when it really isn't.
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Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood - a need that is all too real for Heather Hrouda and her family.
The Red Cross provides information on its website about where you can donate. "I try to make a habit of giving whenever I have an opportunity and time". Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.
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With snow finally moving out of the area organizations like the red cross are trying to make up ground. "This is critical to ensure we continue to meet the needs of patients".
Pipestone: 1 to 7 p.m. January 23, St. Leo's Catholic Church, 415 S. Hiawatha Ave.
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Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 Fourth St., Peru from 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.