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Judith Alexander | 09 January, 2018, 01:03

The Red Cross says they will be accepting all types of blood but especially need Platelets, Type O Negative, Type B negative, and Type AB.

And it will support a nationwide effort to boost donations, as January is National Blood Donor Month. By giving platelets regularly, donors can help patients kick cancer and recover from other life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

The agency also needs type O negative blood, which is a universal blood type that anyone can receive.

"Hospitals don't take snow days, and neither do we", said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood. It is often used for premature infants and trauma patients.

Platelets are primarily used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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Twenty-five blood drives across the state were canceled during last week's storm, leaving the Massachusetts Red Cross 681 donations short. "The Red Cross is doing everything we can to ensure blood products are available for hospital patients during these hard winter months, but we need help from our regular donors - as well as those who are willing to donate for the first time - to give as soon as possible".

Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.

A recent press released stated donations during the holiday season were lower than anticipated, placing the Central Texas blood supply at a "dangerously low" level.

Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood, according to the release.

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