Updated:ATLANTA, Ga. —
The American Red Cross is asking people to give blood to make up for the blood drives canceled due to this week's storm.
All blood donation centers will open today with extended hours through the weekend. A list of locations and hours can be found at 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, D.C. this year before 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 by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.
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