Red Cross pleads for blood donations as severe weather blocks nearly 10,000 donations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A deadly winter storm that caused serious damage across the Northeast also had negative repercussions on the Red Cross, an organization that provides support to those in need.

The Red Cross says the extreme weather forced the organization to cancel more than 300 blood drives in 20 states, forcing nearly 10,000 donors to cancel their donations. The situation has prompted an emergency need for blood, officials say.

During extreme weather events, the need for blood does not decrease, and the strain on blood stores is amplified. Now officials are asking all eligible donors to help replenish a diminished stockpile.

“Eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help ensure blood products are available for patients,” Beth Toll, a Red Cross official, said.

Across many states, including parts of New York, anybody who donates in January will be eligible for a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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