LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The winter weather coupled with the flu epidemic is causing major problems for blood donations.
Right now, the Red Cross is seeing an unusually low number of donations.
Because of the snow on Monday, three drives had to be canceled, meaning at least 184 pints of blood were not collected.
"Obviously all the beds are empty, we need donations."
Last week, a total of 30 drives were canceled because of bad weather, resulting in nearly 900 uncollected pints of blood.
Not to mention, this year has been one of the worst when it comes to the flu epidemic. Arkansas has reported a total of 37 flu deaths in the state.
At noon on Monday, Keith Melton is the only one in the facility donating blood. For him, it's a personal connection.
"Yeah, when they call, I come down."