All blood donation centers opened Friday with extended hours through the weekend. A list of locations and hours can be found at www.redcrossblood.org/donation-centers/southern.
The storm has caused the cancellation of about 265 Red Cross blood drives in the South and along the East Coast, resulting in nearly 9,300 uncollected blood and platelet donations. More are expected as the storm moves north. Back-to-back winter storms had already canceled more than 1,000 blood drives in 34 states and Washington this year be-fore this latest storm.
All blood types are needed now and will be needed in the coming weeks to help ensure blood is available for patients. Donors can make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting www.redcrossblood.org.