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Winter storm slows blood donations

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WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Severe winter weather is taking a toll on blood and platelet donations.

The American Red Cross says 14-area blood drives were either ccanceled or postponed this week. The drives would have brought in 800 donations for the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region.  

CCancelingthree drives resulted in 250 fewer donations in the Waterloo-area alone. Platelet and type O negative blood donations are especially needed. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to anyone. A recent surge in patient usage has increased the need of this blood type.

The American Red Cross says they are now in need of donations more than ever. There are several blood drives happening Friday, and into the weekend.  Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE to sign up.

Here is a list of upcoming blood donations:

Waterloo Blood Donation Center, 2530 University Ave. Open Mondays and Wednesday through Saturday

Epworth community blood drive on Friday, December 11 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church (102 E Main St, Dyersville). For an appointment, call Joyce at 563-875-7434

Cedar Rapids Grant Wood Chapter blood drive on Saturday, December 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at 6300 Rockwell Dr NE

Cedar Falls AMVETS blood drive on Monday, December 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at AMVETS Post #49 (1934 Irving St, Cedar Falls). For an appointment, call Marv at 319-268-1280.

Cedar Rapids Grant Wood Chapter blood drive on Monday, December 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 6300 Rockwell Dr NE (Cedar Rapids).

Cedar Rapids Cipco blood drive on Tuesday, December 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at 1400 Hwy 13 (Cedar Rapids). For an appointment, call Jeanie at 319-366-4512 ext. 300.

Cedar Rapids Holiday Blood Drive on Thursday, December 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marriott (1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids).

Cedar Rapids Grant Wood Chapter blood drive on Saturday, December 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at 6300 Rockwell Dr NE (Cedar Rapids).

Cedar Rapids Grant Wood Chapter blood drive on Monday, December 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 6300 Rockwell Dr NE (Cedar Rapids).

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