The winter has canceled blood drives and discouraged individual donors. The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers drafted lawmakers to join them at the Capitol to sound the call to get into the habit of donating blood, regardless of the weather and regardless of the calendar. The need for blood exists at all hours, days and times of the year. So, says State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-Urbana), does the opportunity to make an excuse not to donate.
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“In the winter, we face shortages because of the weather and cancellations of blood drives, but it’s not just a winter issue,” Jakobsson – herself a donor – says. “Think about it. In the summer, we have holidays. People are away. They’re traveling. They kind of forget about things like this.” “Blood has a short shelf life – 45 days,” says Margaret Vaughn, lobbyist for the coalition.