Topeka residents are being asked to step up blood donations after the Community Blood Center announced a supply shortage Monday.
The Community Blood Center, based in Kansas City, Mo., has a Topeka office at 6220 S.W. 29th.
“The need for blood never takes a holiday – hospital patients who rely on blood donations need us most now,” executive director David Graham said in a news release. “We’re encouraging everyone who can to donate blood during this critical time.”
Donors of all blood types were urged to respond, as CBC officials said “donations have declined significantly due to the holidays, cold and flu season and extremely cold weather.”
Officials said centers on the East Coast affected by the winter storm are asking the Community Blood Center for help. At present, its low inventory doesn’t allow it to provide support.