People are being asked to donate blood in New Mexico to help those impacted by the bomb cyclone.
Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services, says they were forced to close multiple donation centers in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. The organization says that resulted in a loss of nearly 1,000 donations. Anyone who is eligible is asked to make an appointment and donate as soon as possible.
Vitalant says there is a critical need for donors of all blood types and that in order to replenish their supply as many as 2,400 donations are needed each week. Blood donors must be at least 16 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, as well as be in good health. There are additional height and weight requirements for donors 22 and younger.
Additionally, donors who are 16 and 17 years old are required to have signed permission from a parent or guardian.