We need more blood - STAT!

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The recent severe winter weather also impacted Red Cross blood and platelet donation drives. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state.

In the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, Jay said that almost 600 fewer donations were given than needed during November and December. "It's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that's why we're asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today".

The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at hospitals across the country.

On Jan. 6, the Town of West Springfield hosted a community blood drive at the Unico building to help spread the word that more blood is needed.

Illinois Valley Community College instructor and Red Cross volunteer Steve Swett said, "Donors can save up to 15 minutes during the donation process by registering through RapidPass to select their appointment time and fill out health history questions".

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Ball Corporation, 300 W. Greger St., Oakdale, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Tuesday. Donations came be made from 1 p.m.to 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m Friday.

January 17, from noon to 5 p.m.at Mary Baldwin University, Student Activities Center, 316 Academy St., Staunton. There will be blood drives at 30 different Food City stores in 16 counties.

Marine City: 12:45 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. January 29 at the Marine City Fire Department, located at 200 S. Parker St.

Since the launch of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in October 2014, the Red Cross New Jersey Region and partners have installed more than 25,000 free smoke alarms and have helped thousands of New Jersey families learn how to create a family fire escape plan. "One unit of blood can be split up into three parts - platelets, plasma and red blood cells - and that can go to save up to three people".