According to the Red Cross, severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.
"Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", says Kelly Isenor, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Red Cross Blood Services Region.
In North Carolina alone, 23 blood drives were cancelled or closed early due to last week's winter storm, with almost 600 uncollected donations.
While all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a critical need for type O-negative and platelets.
January is National Blood Donor Month - one of the most challenging times of year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs.
2, the blood center is only projected to receive 53 percent of its normal weekly donations in the coming week.
Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. Students can donate once they're 16 years old and a lot of blood comes from high schools.
Types O negative and O positive blood are the most important due to their universal tendencies, the press release said. There's also a Blood Donor App.
"Hospitals don't take snow days, and neither do we", said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood.