Health
3:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Blood donors needed

Hoxworth Blood Center is putting out the call for blood and platelet donors.

Spokeswoman Alecia Lipton says area blood supplies are at a fragile level.

"Some of that is due to a very low donor turn out. We can blame part of that on cold and flu symptoms going around but also (Tuesday), due to the weather, we had some folks who were no-shows for their appointments," she says.

Lipton says all blood types are needed and platelet donors are especially important.

Though the center hasn't yet received any requests from hospitals affected by Super Storm Sandy, Lipton says without additional donors, current supply levels wouldn't be enough to allow Hoxworth to help out.

More information here about how and where to donate.