Red Cross sees shortage of blood donations

by: Sarah Rosario Updated:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - American Red Cross officials said they are seeing a serious blood shortage nationwide because of last week’s bad weather.

In Charlotte, they’re seeing a drop in blood donations, too.

More than 50 blood drives were canceled across the state last week.

A rep for the organization said it has lost more than 2,000 units since Tuesday and is now trying to make up for the loss.

"We've got to make up for the shortfall, and the folks in the hospitals (are) on it as we speak. Just a couple of weeks ago a surgery was canceled in Boston because there wasn't enough O-negative blood. We don't want that to happen here in Charlotte,” said Kara Lusk Dudley, with the Red Cross.

Channel 9 was told each donation can save three lives, which is why they say the need is now urgent.

With winter far from over, the Red Cross said it will need more donations in case another snowstorm hits.

If you’re interested in donating go to  redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.