The American Red Cross is asking for donors to ensure a stable blood supply amid possible icy weather and severe seasonal illness this winter.

“Donors of all blood types – particularly type O blood donors, the most needed blood group by hospitals – and platelet donors are needed daily to meet demand,” Red Cross officials stated this week in a news release. “The start of the new year is one of the most challenging times to collect enough blood products, despite the constant demand. One in seven patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion – yet only three percent of the public gives blood.”

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