FAYETTEVILLE: Extreme cold contributes to blood donor shortage - WNCT

Extreme cold contributes to blood donor shortage in Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Donated blood supplies are so low right now, a hospital in the Sandhills is using a billboard to ask for help.

The Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center says there is an urgent blood shortage. That message is now posted on an electronic billboard along Raeford road in Fayetteville.

The shortage extends statewide and nationally, and there is a particular need for negative blood types.

The shortage is also affecting the American Red Cross. Phil Harris, the director of the Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross said one reason is winter weather that canceled 240 blood drives around the U.S. earlier this month.

"We really depend on donors," Harris said. "We have a slate of blood drives in our area, and we need those people to come out and make that contribution."

Harris said donated blood is used in everything from basic surgeries to emergency room trauma cases.

Red Cross blood drives can be found at http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation. Potential blood donors can search for blood drives based on location.

The Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center accepts donations daily at the office located at 3357 Village Drive in Fayetteville. More details are available by calling (910) 615-5433.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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