After the snow storm cancelled most blood drives in the Tri-State area, authorities are issuing an urgent call for donations.
A New York man who lost both of his legs after being hit by a taxi met the men and women who donated 75 units of blood to help save his life.
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While donations are collected throughout the year, January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, a time when the Red Cross reaches out and thanks blood and platelet donors around the country.
New Jersey Red Cross officials urged people who want to help out to not drop off goods or other material donations. Officials said they can get hard to handle and wind up actually hampering the delivery of aid.
The Red Cross said they’re trying to get the word out that blood donations are badly needed.
The nation’s blood supply dropped to critical levels earlier this summer as storms and wildfires hampered collection efforts.
The West Haverstraw Volunteer Fire House is hosting a blood drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.