Millions of people across the United States are dealing with cold temperatures and below-zero wind chills as they dig out from heavy snow that buried much of the northern part of the country.
The storm already has forced the cancellation of more than 30 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in the inability to collect as many as 1,250 blood donations.
The Red Cross urges people to be careful during the extreme cold and is working with emergency officials and prepared to respond if necessary. If someone lives in a region unaffected by the weather, they are asked to consider making an appointment to donate blood or platelets.
Despite the storm, hospital patients across the country still need blood. People in a region unaffected by the storm should please consider making an appointment to donate blood or platelets.
- Appointments can be online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS