As severe weather pounds the country, blood centers are struggling to maintain adequate supplies. Vitalant closed multiple donation centers and canceled blood drives in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota resulting in a loss of nearly a thousand blood donations. Additional Vitalant locations were unable to transport blood samples to their laboratory for testing, delaying the release of units to hospitals. Blood Donors are strongly encouraged to give blood today through next week to immediately rebuild the community blood supply. To schedule an appointment to give blood, go to vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825. Walk-in donors are always welcome.