Red Cross Making Plea for Blood and Platelet Donations

Lynchburg, VA- The Red Cross is making an urgent plea for blood and platelet donations. The organization says winter weather has impacted collections, causing a shortfall in blood types O, A negative and B negative.

In Virginia and North Carolina, this season's severe weather and cold temperatures have caused the Red Cross to cancel more than 50 blood drives, resulting in 1,700 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected.

If you'd like to help out and want a list of upcoming local blood drives, click here.