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Red Cross looking for blood donations

The Red Cross is searching for donors. The Red Cross is searching for donors.

January is National Blood Donor Month, and the Red Cross in southeast Minnesota has an urgent need for blood donors.  

The local Red Cross says Thursday's inclement weather didn't lead to the cancellations of any blood drives in the area, but it may have led to lower turnout among donors.  They've already issued an appeal for more donations due to a shortage.  

When the weather is rough, accidents still happen and emergency rooms need blood products to be available.  

"People think, well I'm glad someone else can give, but I don't feel that I need to give.  And I think it's important for anyone to realize that it could be you, it could be your family member, it could be someone you love who needs that blood," says Executive Director Melanie Tschida.

The Red Cross says they understand if people don't feel like going out when roads are slick and icy, but they say they need as many blood donations whenever possible.

The Red Cross says when donations are given, they aren't immediately available for blood banks.  That blood still needs safety testing before being used for patients.  

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