(Davenport, IA) -- This week's snow storm has put blood donation centers in a bit of bind. Snow forced the adjustments of donation hours and cancelled blood drives. Mississippi Valley Blood Center Spokesman Kirby WInn says due to the storm, they missed out on more than 250-donations.
The Blood Center is asking those who had to cancel this week to reschedule.
The Blood Center collected approximately 70% of its daily projection on Monday, Jan. 25, with losses concentrated in areas hit by the storm.
“Patient need at the hospitals we serve never stops,” said Amanda Hess, Director, Donor and Public Relations. “Everyone who steps forward to give blood will ensure our ability to provide a sufficient blood supply for hospitals in our region.”
The MVRBC supplies blood to numerous hospitals in the region, in the Quad Cities, Clinton, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque, and Galesburg, IL.
To recognize donors who provide this lifesaving resource, the Blood Center will provide all registered donors with a voucher that can be redeemed for a green “Count on Me to save lives” T-Shirt or gift card. Vouchers will be distributed at MVRBC Donor Centers and mobile blood drives through Feb. 28.
(Photo from MVRBC with permission)