Serious blood shortage because of recent bad weather

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -- Because of the bad weather we've seen recently in Central Virginia, Virginia Blood Services is seeing its supply dwindle. Normally, they are always asking for blood. But, now, the supply, is reaching serious levels.

We've shown you all the devastation that Hurricane Irene caused: Trees down, power out, cars crushed.

But it's inside the walls at the Virginia Blood Services headquarters that you have yet to see, until now and what you're seeing isn't good. Supplies are down and even the chairs there this morning were pretty much empty.

But, some are stepping up to help, including people like Melanie Feldstein. "There are lots of things that I can't do. But donating blood is something I can do," he said.

Irene played a role in the shortage. In fact, seven blood drives were canceled because of the hurricane.

"We are still playing catch up," says Marly Fausz with Virginia Blood Services.  She tells us some of those drives were never reschedule and hundreds of units of blood were never collected.

But that's not the only issue. "With the kids back in school our regular donors are very busy getting children settled in school so we are seeing donations dips in that department as well," she added.

There are even more problems. Recently hospitals have been asking for more blood than usual and the rain this past weekend kept donors away too.

It all makes a short supply, even shorter these days.

To find out where you can go to donate, head to All Access on our site. There is a big need for Type O Positive and Negative blood these days, too.

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