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Red Cross in need of blood donations

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Blood donors are needed in Arizona to help replenish the blood supply. 

Due to severe weather conditions across the U.S. more than 700 Red Cross blood drives had to be canceled.

"Blood products were distributed to hospitals as quickly as the donations came in," said Debra Deininger, spokesperson of the Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region, in a recent release.  "The extraordinary number of cancellations in January was the equivalent of the Red Cross having to shut down its national operations for more than an entire day."

This puts the current supply at a critical level, as on average the Red Cross must collect 15,000 units of blood daily to keep up with patient demand at 2,700 hospitals in the U.S.

Additional severe winter weather has been forecast for parts of the U.S. and blood supply will again be in short supply.  According to the recent Red Cross release these specific blood types are needed O positive, O negative as well as A negative and B negative.  These four types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply for the U.S.

For those interested in donating call 1-800-733-2767 or go online to www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.  A blood donor card, driver's license or two other forms of ID are required at check-in. 

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