TOPEKA -- Officials at Community Blood Center are reporting that its supply of blood has shrunk to alarmingly low levels due to the snow storm from Monday and Tuesday that caused school and business closures.
The first major snow storm of the season caused nearly 75% of the mobile drives to be cancelled, which resulted in a loss of 65% of the forecasted collections for those days. Community Blood Center must collect a minimum of 580 units of blood each day to supply its 70 area hospital partners in Kansas and Missouri.
Treacherous road conditions also hindered collections at the organization’s seven Neighborhood Donation Centers. “Inclement weather has a very negative impact on Community Blood Center. We rely upon our community business partners and schools to donate blood for area hospital patients, when those businesses are closed as a result of bad weather; it affects the blood supply immediately.
One day is hard, but when it’s two days, we really begin seeing bare shelves.” Stated David Graham, Vice President of Donor and Hospital Services for Community Blood Center.
Eligible donors and new donors are asked to visit one of seven conveniently located Neighborhood Donation Centers in the area today and the rest of the week or log on to www.savealifenow.org and do a zip code search to find a mobile drive near them.