Winter weather causes blood shortage at Rock River Valley Blood Center

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR)--- The Rock River Valley Blood Center is experiencing a blood shortage due to the recent weather.

“Winter is always very unpredictable but 2019 has been awful so far. Just in January we had two blood drives cancel due to the weather but so far in February we’ve already had five," says director of operations, Lisa Entrikin.

Entrikin says in the previous week they only received 500 donations in comparison to the 1,000 that is needed to meet local hospital needs. The Blood center is the sole supplier to 10 hospitals in the area.

School closings have also affected the Center.

“We had so many school closings in the last three weeks, that if the school is closed we obviously cannot go and do a blood drive," says Entrikin.

But some loyal donors are still taking the time to donate regularly despite the weather.

“Especially if you’re the one needing blood, it’s important to have someone out there giving it," says long-time donor, Dick Larson.

Larson has been donating for over 50 years and says he will continue to do so for as long as he can.