Winter weather affects blood drives too

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 25, 2014 6:14 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The cold and snowy winter has forced school closings, depleted road cleanup budgets, and exhausted many who've been shoveling their driveways.


But it's also cancelled blood drives, and the Red Cross is concerned.

30 Red Cross blood drives across the mid-Atlantic have been cancelled since the start of January, including a handful in the midstate.

"Schools that have been off for the weather, they've had to reschedule testing, or maybe they want to reschedule their blood drives, because of what amount of school they've lost due to either snow or the extreme cold. It doesn't get chalked up as a weather cancellation, but in a way, it is," says Marianne Spampinato with the Red Cross.

For every cancelled drive, Spampinato says the Red Cross loses donations, which stresses supplies in the area.

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