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Winter storm forces Georgia blood centers to close

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –The winter storm forced most Georgia blood centers to close again Tuesday.

Only those in Albany, Savannah, and Valdosta were open.

People were donating Tuesday, but they can't make up for what was lost around the state.

Blood centers across Georgia typically collect 900 to 1,200 units of blood a day.

The American Red Cross says there's always a need for blood, especially O-negative and B-negative.

"We had several large drives that had to cancel," said Kathy Dallas, the senior district manager of the American Red Cross. "Donor Centers had to close down and donors just weren't able to get out or our staff wasn't able to get out of their homes."

The American Red Cross urges you to give blood.

Red Cross Donor Center on Bemiss Road in Valdosta is Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be drives at these locations:

Tuesday:  Cordele, Cordel Community Clubhouse, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sylvester, Worth County Primary School from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Lakeland, Lanier County High School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Cordele Crisp Academy, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday: Valdosta, Lowndes County Administration Building, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Moultrie, Colquitt EMC, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Edison, Edison Baptist Church 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday: Alma, Bacon County Hospital, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: Albany, First Mount Olive Complex, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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