"It also tracks where my blood donation goes so I know that my blood donation ended up in a hospital in Texas recently, and I thought, 'How cool!' I don't know these people at all", Papini said.
Over 150-units of blood weren't collected because of canceled drives.
"All blood is needed, but right now, we need negatives to come in, A negatives, B negatives, and O negatives", says Amy Perreira with the Red Cross.
The governor said there's been a drop in blood donations because of recent weather conditions.
The next Red Cross blood drive in Monroe will be February 2 from 7:45 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.at Masuk High School.
"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules that collectively contribute to more than 28,000 fewer donations than were needed in November and December. "They were doing shopping so that affected blood drives and people giving", Grant said.
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Virginia Blood Services is also working hard to help with the shortage.
The Red Cross says it is in a blood donation "crisis".
There can be up to about a dozen (or more!) places for Coloradans to donate blood on any given day. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.
If you are eligible to donate blood, the Red Cross asks that you schedule a blood or platelet donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation and, therefore, are always in high demand.