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Snow storm causes Unyts blood shortage

Posted at 4:36 AM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 09:33:16-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Unyts had to cancel more than three days of blood drives because of WNY's snow storms last week, resulting in a low supply of critical blood and platelets.

The organization provides blood to Kaleida Health, ECMC, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Health Systems and the Wyoming County Community Health System. Without these critical donations, hospitals are under more pressure in case of an emergency.

With the cancellation of several drives, the community blood bank lost approximately 240 red blood cell and 20 platelet units.

If you're interested in donating, you can visit this website or one of these locations:

Eastern Hills Mall Neighborhood Blood Donation Center

4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221

Southgate Neighborhood Blood Donation Center

984 Union Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224

Tonawanda Neighborhood Blood Donation Center

96 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150