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Blood Donations Down/Weather to Blame

Severe winter weather throughout January and into February has forced the cancellation of American Red Cross blood drives from coast to coast.

From January 2nd through February 10th, more than 1,000 Red Cross blood drives in 34 states and Washington, D.C. have been canceled, resulting in about 35,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

To make up for lost donations, the Red Cross is urging you to give blood.

A blood drive will be held today (Friday) from 2:30 until 7:30 PM at the First Mennonite Church in Montgomery.

Another drive is scheduled for next Tuesday, February 18th, in at the New Hope Christian Church in Washington from 3:00 until 8:00 PM.

Also on Tuesday, a blood drive will be held from 3:00 until 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church Auxiliary room on Wabash Avenue in Vincennes.

On Saturday the 22nd,, another blood drive will be held at the Vincennes Walmart from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

A Blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, February 20th from 2:00 until 7:00 PM at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall in Mount Carmel, Illinois.