SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Due to winter storms and flu disrupting blood donations, the Red Cross is urging donors to donate and help maintain blood supply, according to a press release from the organization.

In January, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives, stated the press release from the Red Cross.

In February, both Maplewood and South Orange will be holding blood collection drives.

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MAPLEWOOD

In Maplewood, Community Blood Services is holding a Community Blood Drive on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Library, located at 51 Baker St.

SOUTH ORANGE

In South Orange, the Red Cross is holding a blood donation drive on Monday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seton Hall University Student Center, located at 400 South Orange Ave.

Donors can make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

All photos courtesy of Carl Patterson from the December, 2017, Maplewood Blood Drive.