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Red Cross: Storm forced cancelations of 280 blood drives in 25 states

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Severe winter weather nationwide has resulted in an urgent need for blood and platelet donations.

According to the Red Cross, 280 blood drives across 25 states had to be canceled due to snow and extreme cold.

It resulted in a shortfall of close to 8,500 blood and platelet donations in January.

The Red Cross is in great need of blood types O, A-negative, and B-negative.

For information on how you can donate, click here.