Dakotas short on blood donors after blizzard - KOTA Territory News

Dakotas short on blood donors after blizzard

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The blizzard that dumped a foot of snow or more on the eastern parts of the Dakotas is having wide-ranging effects that can still be felt, even here in KOTA Territory.
 
United Blood Services offices across the state are coming up short on donations.

It's not so much the fact that more people need transfusions because of the storm, but fewer people could actually get out to the centers to donate.

That means the supplies centers do have runs out more quickly.

In all, the six offices in the Dakotas are down about 300 units, and it's hard to make up for it.
 
"We cannot forego the need that we have right here," said Angelina Pillet, donor recruitment director at the UBC center in Rapid City. "So the units we draw here in Rapid City are used first here, and if there are anything extra, then we can look at helping out sister centers or other communities."
 
Western South Dakota's need is around 450 donors per day, and there hasn't been any extra.

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