In line with national shortage, local blood center sees supplies drop

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"We are on an appeal, and we're asking donors to come in and donate and pay it forward to a patient in need", American Red Cross Recruit Account Manager in the Waterloo area, Judi Faas said.

Erie News Now stopped by to get an update on the critical need that was announced last week.

"Within this region, we need to engage 350 donors - daily - to keep up with the demand from our hospital partners", Jay said. The critical call for donors is being made, in anticipation for more severe weather. Further adding to the diminishing supply, hectic holiday schedules, winter weather and an active cold and flu season collectively contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

"Blood is going out just as fast as it's coming into the blood banks".

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That's why the American Red Cross is reaching out for help. But storms across the western part of the state have set back donations.

In general, blood providers such as Marsh Regional Blood Center, the region's largest supplier of blood, try to obtain at least 100 units of blood each day. RapidPass can now be completed on mobile devices and through the Blood Donor App.

There are certain height and weight requirements to be allowed to donate.

Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available. Other students in Scarborough also participated, both as donors or to promote or staff the event, High school Key Club members volunteered at the drive and fifth-graders at Wentworth School, with the help of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teacher Branden Johnson, created a video encouraging donors to give blood.