Blood donations down in January after shutdown, severe weather

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(WHTM) – Dropping temperatures across the country are causing a drop in blood drive donations.

The American Red Cross is urging people to donate blood after drives across the country were canceled last month due to severe weather and the partial government shutdown. 

The non-profit said in a release, 4,600 blood and platelet donations went uncollected during the month of January nationwide. About 300 blood drives were canceled across the country. In Pennsylvania alone, 15 blood drives were canceled. 

The government shutdown also affected donations. More than 4% of blood collections come from drives sponsored by military and local, state and federal government agencies. 

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