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Doubled Impact of Weather Emergencies on Blood Donations

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January 8, 2014 by Sarah Holst

According to The American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, totaling more than 41,000 blood donations every day.  The American Red Cross supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood supply, and it relies on donors across the country to help save lives.

Gina Avila is with the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region, and she spoke with Lakeshore’s Sarah Holst about the need for blood donations in the Region, especially during weather emergencies that have a double effect of creating a medical need for blood supply while causing fewer donations due to weather.


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