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UPDATE: Earlier this year, officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute said the Sooner State was suffering from a blood emergency due to the winter weather.

Now, donations have reached an adequate supply.

Therefore, the blood emergency has been lifted.

Now, the institute is looking ahead to spring break. Everyone who donates blood through March 20 will receive an Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star t-shirt.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – While the winter weather may impact your drive to work a bit, officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute say the snow is also impacting their life-saving blood supply.

Organizers say 600 donors are needed every day to serve 158 hospitals and a drop in donors can put the blood supply in jeopardy.

Due to poor travel conditions in the northern and southern parts of the state, many blood drives have been canceled.

At least 70 donors are needed just to make up for those losses.

As more storms are expected to hit the state, OBI is asking Oklahomans to take advantage of any breaks in the weather and donate.

Donations typically take an hour.

Donors with negative blood types are especially needed.

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