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Winter weather slows blood donations

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MURRAY, Ky - Recruiters with the Murray Calloway County Blood Donor Center told Local they've missed out on 100 units of blood the past two weeks because of the winter weather and the need right now is greater than ever."

Orazio Villanova is paying it forward.

"I saw the good things they did for her.  All the people took good care of her.  I'm going to do whatever I can," Villanova said.

His wife died of cancer in December and said blood donations kept her alive.  "I got to keep her four more years," Villanova told Local 6.

Beth Wiggins, with the Blood Donor Center said the donations are dwindling, mainly because of the weather.  "It has impacted our blood drive tremendously," she said.

Wiggins canceled three drives in the past two weeks and the Red Cross is also feeling the pinch.  A spokesperson said close to 90 blood drives were cancelled since February 16 in our four state region, totaling a loss of 2,400 donated units.

Wiggins said people are often hesitant to donate until a personal family emergency.  "A lot of times, you don't realize how much blood is needed until you need it or a family member needs it," she said.

That was the case for Villanova, but after the death of his wife, he's changing his tune. "If you can help, somebody out, do it."

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