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The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save lives.

The Red Cross says that hectic holiday schedules for many regular donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December.

Snowstorms and severe weather contributed to the cancellation of nearly 100 blood drives in December resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected.

Statistics indicate that someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.  Among those requiring blood include accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.