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      Severe winter weather impacts Red Cross blood collections

      (KATV, Source: Red Cross) The winter weather has forced the American Red Cross to cancel about 300blood drives in 25 states, including Arkansas. Spokesperson Marci Manley says, "Thathas led to a shortfall of about 8,800 blood and platelet donations. Blood typesO, A negative and B negative are urgently needed."

      They're asking alleligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfallin donations.

      Manley says, "Residents in unaffected areas can help boost donationsimmediately." Blood drives at designated sites will offer extended hours toallow for more blood donation appointments

      "It's the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives whensevere weather hits," said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross GreaterOzarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. "Thanks to generous Red Cross blood andplatelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still neededtransfusions despite the weather.

      The Red Cross is extending donation hours at some sites to increase donations:

      Jan. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

      Jan. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,1120 S. Main St., Searcy

      Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American RedCross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

      Jan. 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,1120 S. Main St., Searcy

      Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at AmericanRed Cross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

      Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at AmericanRed Cross, 1120 S. Main St., Searcy

      Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American RedCross, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

      Jan. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,1120 S. Main St., Searcy

      Jan. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

      Jan. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,1120 S. Main St., Searcy

      Jan. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross,4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

      Jan. 28 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120S. Main St., Searcy

      Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 6, North Little Rock

      Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,1120 S. Main St., Searcy

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