Weather Takes a Toll on Blood Supplies

Weather Takes a Toll on Blood Supplies

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The winter’s cancelled blood drives and discouraged individual donors. The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers drafted lawmakers to join them at the Capitol to sound the call to get into the habit of donating blood, regardless of the weather and regardless of the calendar.

The need for blood is 24-7-365. So, says State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-Urbana), is the opportunity to make an excuse not to donate.

“In the winter, we face shortages because of the weather and cancellations of blood drives, but it’s not just a winter issue,” Jakobsson – herself a donor — says. “Think about it. In the summer, we have holidays. People are away. They’re traveling. They kind of forget about things like this.”

“Blood has a short shelf life – 45 days,” says Margaret Vaughn, lobbyist for the coalition.

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center takes walk-ins and encourages donors to stop by during lunch or on their way home from work.

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