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Winter weather, cold temps to blame for nationwide blood shortage

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The American Red Cross says snowy weather and bitterly cold temperatures are to blame for a nationwide blood shortage.

Several area blood drives were canceled or postponed this week.

The Adams County Red Cross chapter held a blood drive Thursday at its headquarters.

While there's always a need for blood, it's higher now because donations tend to go down this time of year, but some people say they get out and donate anyway.

"I have a friend in the hospital that is extremely sick with cancer," Ericka Guithues said. "They always need blood some way or another, so just definitely trying to help out as much as I can."

Quincy's next blood drive will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at St. John Lutheran Church.


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