Red Cross faces blood shortage, seeks blood and platelet donors

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The American Red Cross blames the current blood shortage on winter weather conditions and looks for blood and platelet donors.

Spokesperson Nathan Gilbert said weather conditions caused the organization to close 200 blood drive locations nationwide.

"It comes to about 6,500 units blood and platelets that go uncollected," Gilbert said.

During this season, some may have the flu or cold and cannot donate.

"Blood is always needed, especially during this time, because of the severity of draws being closed, and also due to the fact of the donors being sick," he explained.

Road conditions and too much snow also forces them to close for the safety of donors.

"Blood is coming in as fast as it's going to the hospital, and so that is an important thing, because as soon as we get it in, it actually goes straight to the hospitals for the patients," he said.

The next blood drive in the Magic Valley will be Jan. 22 to 24 at the Church of Ascension Episcopal in Twin Falls.

Gilbert said you can go onto the American Red Cross website and sign up for an appointment, call 1-800-red-cross or even download the Red Cross app.

"If you're one of those people that need to get in and out, we definitely understand," he said.

He said you can answer the questionnaire on the app before coming to the blood drive, saving 15 to 20 minutes.

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

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