Winter weather causes critically low blood supply


Multimedia Journalist - Julie Collins

PADUCAH - This year's extremely cold weather caused approximately 280 blood drives in 25 states to be canceled across the U.S. That led to a shortfall of more than 9,000 blood and platelet donations since January 2nd. Locally, Paducah has cancelled so many blood drives they've lost out on 400 units of blood. 

"There were days that we had blood drives that we just didn't get the turn out that we normally have because it was so cold people didn't want to risk being out in the colder weather so it's a combination of those things that's put us at a critical need right now for Type O negative especially," says Anthony Tinin, with the American Red Cross.

In order to rebound, the Tennessee Valley Authority, which covers parts of Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, Western Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee would need 500 to 600 people to donate blood every day in order to keep up with the demand.

Here are some local blood drives:

 - Wedensday January 22nd in Elizabethtown, IL at Hardin county high school from 10:30-3:30     

 - Thursday January 23rd in Paducah at the McCracken county public library, from 12:00-4:00 

 - Thursday January 23rd in Goreville, IL at the Goreville United Methodist church from 12:30-5:30   

 - Thursday January 23rd in Murray, Kentucky at the St. John's Episcopal church from 11:00-4:00.

If you can't make those events, you can click here to find your local chapter and donation centers.