Blood Donations Diminish as Result of Winter Weather

February 11, 2010

The winter storms have taken a toll on blood donations across Virginia.

Virginia Blood Services canceled 50 of its drives because of the weather. It's asking regular donors to keep their appointments and need more people to come out for blood drives.

"We are not in a crisis mode yet, but we are currently trying to get donors to come in and make blood donations to keep our inventory up," VBS spokesperson Brian Chandler said.

VBS is the only blood provider for more than 20 Virginia hospitals, including the University of Virginia Medical Center and Martha Jefferson Hospital.

No worries about one woman helping VBS when it needs donations, though.

Lynne Rutherford-Snow is a pro at donating blood. VBS honored her Thursday for reaching a milestone of donating 18 gallons in her life.

"My parents had done it for years," she said. "And when I first came to State Farm in '74, they asked us if we would donate, so I have been doing it ever since."

Rutherford-Snow estimates those 18 gallons of blood have helped more than 100 people.


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