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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  That means thousands of people missed the opportunity to donate, causing a major shortfall in the blood supply.

Even the Albany Red Cross donor center shut down for one day because of bad weather.

It's crippled the nation's blood supply, and now, work is underway to replenish it.

Local drives are more important than ever as the supply has dwindled with bad weather.

Charles King is a regular blood donor. As a dentist he understands the need for a constant blood supply, especially since there's now a blood shortage after inclement winter weather.

Charles King, Jr. "It's sorely needed now. I mean, it's always needed, but especially in a time like this, where you've had crazy weather, crazy storms and anytime there's a shortage of anything, you need people to step up to the plate and give more beyond the call of duty."

Emerge Albany put on the drive today. The group of young people consider themselves to be the future leaders of Albany.

Today, they decided to show off that leadership by rolling up their sleeves and giving back with blood.

"It just shows our community that young professionals are in town and we do want to give back to our community," said Jenny Collins, Emerge Albany Staff Liaison.

When the blood supply is compromised elective surgeries are put on hold. Even emergency procedures can be put in jeopardy.

"That's why it's so important for everybody to donate, if they can," Constance "C. C." Roman, Team Supervisor.

Today was Kristen Schuette's first time donating. "I'm glad I can help in anyway. It may just be a bag, but it could help save somebody's life and that's important to me."

Actually, that one bag can save multiple lives. "You're helping others. You're helping three people. So that should be encouragement enough for someone to help three people, to save three people's lives when it comes to that," said C. C.

Giving back by giving blood, allowing a more plentiful supply to emerge.

While the drive here is over, you don't have to wait on a donor drive to give blood.

You can go by the Red Cross donor center where you live to donate. You can donate blood up to six times a year, that's every 56 days.

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