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Blood Donations Affected By Freezing Temperatures

Reported: Jan. 8, 2014 11:01 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 8, 2014 11:18 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) - The cold weather is affecting blood donations across the nation. In less than a week, close to 250 blood drives were canceled.

West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky has already experienced a shortfall of 300 donations for the year, making an already challenging time of year for donations that much more difficult.

Donors in Charleston braved the cold Wednesday morning to donate blood at a drive taking place at Jackson Kelly law firm on Lee Street.

According to a news release from the American Red Cross, it is challenging to keep blood on the shelves during winter because a large majority of volunteers are not coming out to donate. When you add severe weather to the mix, the goal to collect blood and platelet donations become harder.

Bob Kenney, a frequent donor, said he makes an effort to donate as much as he can to help those in need of a transfusion. Weather usually doesn't play a factor in his decision to roll up his sleeves.

"A blood supply that is reliable is better," Kenney said. "I believe that I like the idea that somebody might benefit and that does provide an incentive for me to come out."

A single donation can help save three lives. Walk-in appointments are welcome.

Blood donation opportunities for the Alleghenies region are as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 8:
Charleston: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jackson Kelly, 500 Lee St.
Parkersburg: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 3210 Dudley Avenue

Thursday, Jan. 9:
Charleston: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Charleston Newspapers, 1001 Virginia St. E.
Huntington: 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Central City Elementary, 2100 Washington Ave.
Parkersburg: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, 34th and Broad Streets

Friday, Jan. 10:
Milton: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Milton Middle School, 1 Panther Trail
Parkersburg: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 3210 Dudley Ave.
Patriot, Ohio: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Patriot Lodge, 1536 Patriot Road

Saturday, Jan. 11:
Red House, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Navy Reserve Center, 111 Army Navy Drive

Monday, Jan. 13:
Grayson, Ky. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., First Church of Christ, 287 Pomeroy St.
Ironton, Ohio: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sharon Baptist Church, 2010 South Fifth St.
Reedsville, Ohio: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern Elementary School, 38850 Ohio State Route 7

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