Blood donations needed after cold weather cancels many blood drives

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The Red Cross needs your help. The beds are empty at the Red Cross on Lindell Boulevard. No donors means no blood, which in turn can be deadly.

Dan Fox with the Red Cross says the weather is to blame. Just this month’s storms have forced cancellation of more than 200 blood drives.

Round after round of snow and ice, and freezing temperatures have taken a toll on blood and blood platelet donations. The need is great.

Platelets help prevent massive blood loss and are a vital part of cancer and organ transplant treatments.

Warming temperatures are giving many Red Cross workers hope that donations will pick-up over the next several days.

For more information on how you can help go to redcross.org.

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