NORFOLK-It's always a good time to give blood, but the severe weather has really cut down on donations. The Hampton Roads Red Cross to cancel two days of blood drives this week because of the snow.

'Since the beginning of January, the Red Cross had had to cancel more than 600 blood drives because of winter storms and freezing temperatures. That means we lost nearly 20,000 blood and platelet donations,' said spokeswoman Kristen Hatfield.

Now that the weather is warming up and the streets are clearing, many bloods drives are planned today through Sunday. Officials hope you'll get out of the house this weekend and donate.

All blood types are needed, Hatfield added.


Friday, January 31:

Ace Hardware Manteo, 300 North US 64, Manteo, NC
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hampton City Hall-Lobby, 22 Lincoln St.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Va. Beach Blood Donation Center at Pembroke Mall near Target
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dominion Tower-Norfolk
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meeting Room Suite 415 in Norfolk

Riverside Williamsburg,1500 Commonwealth Ave. in the conference room
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, February 1

Chesapeake Square Mall, Pembroke Mall, Patrick Henry & Southgate Mall in Elizabeth City, NC
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Churches of York, Cary's Baptist Church at 1615 Carys Chapel Rd. in Yorktown
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 2

Church of Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Rd. in Va. Beach
8:30 a.m to 2 p.m.

Greenbrier Mall Chesapeake (near Sear's wing, near Jillian's)
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monticello Marketplace Shopping Center Near TJMAXX-Williamsburg
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also schedule an appointment to give blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to the Red Cross Website. Appointments to donate platelets can be made by calling 757-623-4880.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients, especially type O negative the universal blood type. Type O negative is called the universal blood type because it can be transfused to any patient who needs blood regardless of their own blood type. Type O negative blood is often used in emergency situations when there isn't time to determine a patient's blood type, so donors with type O negative blood are encouraged to give regularly.

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