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Frances lowers our blood supply

September 9, 2004

Valdosta - The blood donor center is back in business today, after a two day closure due to Tropical Storm Frances.

Donor centers across Florida shut down, as well as in Valdosta and Albany. Many collection drives were also cancelled across South Georgia. "There were probably in the neighborhood of 100 to 200 units lost," said Kathy Dallas.

And since platelets only have a shelf life of five days, that supply is nearing rock bottom. "We figured we lost about 42 platelet donors," said Dallas.

Red Cross workers have been on the phone non-stop recruiting donors, like Brad Adamson who drove about 45 miles from Tifton to make his donation. "Its a good cause, doesn't cost me anything, I can make people well and that counts a lot," said Adamson.

Unfortunately, not a lot of people are following his lead. We found most all of the chairs at the donor center empty. "We need O and B particularly, and we'd like A and AB types to come in and see about platelet counts," said Dallas.

Now with Hurricane Ivan growing stronger, the same thing could happen all over again. "Who knows what's going to happen in the next week," said Dallas.

So they're preparing for the worst, and hoping the donations will come pouring in before more bad weather does.

posted at 3:30 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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