School cancelations affect blood drives. When schools are closed the drive be held and the blood supply runs low. The Red Cross depends on high school blood drives and had to cancel some important ones that will not be rescheduled. Those who had to miss giving blood are encouraged to find another drive.
"We really depend on the high schools in winter months and through out the school year they come through big for us for blood donations and unfortunately with the winter we are having and school cancellations we have lost quite a few very important blood drives" Marlene Henderson, Muskingum County Red Cross.
The Red Cross is asking anyone with the universal type O blood to give. A person can give every 56 days. One pint of blood can save three lives. If the shortage continues more lives can be affected.
"It becomes critical and it would be that they would have to stop elective surgeries and just do emergencies and traumas and everybody else would have to wait" said Henderson.
Right now hospitals are borrowing blood from each other.