(NEW YORK) -- More than 1,000 blood donations were lost due to weather-related cancellations prompting the New York Blood Center, which serves more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and New Jersey, to request that communities donate blood and platelets.
O-negative and O-positive blood types are needed most, but all blood types are encouraged to donate.
"Mother Nature has delivered a hard slap to our blood supply," NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis. "And the blizzard came on top of lower-than-needed holiday collections, so we're urging our neighbors to step up."
Eligible blood donors were asked to donate Monday and in the coming days, but should visit the New York Blood Center website before leaving home for information about cancellations.
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