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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Almost all Texas residents now have their power back on after a week of misery.

But for many, the hardship continues as they face water issues, food and gas shortages, and now for some surprise utility bills.

FEMA has shipped one million meals and four million liters of water to the state, along with nearly 70 emergency generators.

The Red Cross says the harsh winter weather also led to the cancellation of blood drives.

The blood donation center in Madison was busy Monday, with people coming in to fill a serious need.

"When we had this kind of cold snaps like we had through the south, 30 states had cancellations of drives," Justin Kern with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin said. "It amounted to around 21,000 uncollected blood or platelets or convalescent plasma."

Kern says those cancellations were starting to lead to empty shelves in Texas and surrounding areas hit by the cold.

That's why they called on people to schedule more donation appointments and help restock the supplies, especially Type O blood.

"That'll make sure that everything keeps going as planned at hospitals, with cancer treatment, that kind of thing," he said.

He said with Wisconsinites expertise dealing with the cold, helping out in this tragedy is just playing to their strengths.

"Because we have the experience and we know how to collect blood and if we need we can bring that blood to other places it speaks to our strengths and the strengths of the Red Cross to be able to help people in a lot of different places," Kern said.

With the extra need the red cross is calling for, volunteers feel even better than normal about donating blood.

"There was a time in my life where I desperately needed blood and right now is a time when people benefit from blood with the disaster we see in Texas and with the pandemic," Daniela Tallard said.

She has been donating blood for 30 years.

Monday, she took her son to donate for the first time, driven by the call for help.

"It just feels like it's a wonderful opportunity to give life to somebody in need," she said.

Aside from blood donations, the Wisconsin Red Cross already has one volunteer on the ground in McAllen, Texas and may be sending more in the coming days.

Countrywide, the Red Cross is sending several tractor trailers to help areas in need, along with 100,000 ready-to-eat meals.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Winter weather has impacted much of the U.S. in recent weeks and that has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives.

Early Monday morning the Red Cross put out a call for healthy blood donors to give now to ensure blood is available for upcoming emergencies.

There are blood donation opportunities this week in southern Wisconsin:

COLUMBIA

Columbus

2/23/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., New Testament Baptist Church, N2232 Duborg Rd

Fall River

2/23/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wisconsin Conference of Seventh day Adventists Office, N2561 Old Hwy 16

Portage

2/25/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., United Methodist Church, 1804 New Pinery Rd

3/4/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., United Methodist Church, 1804 New Pinery Rd

Wisconsin Dells

2/25/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Saint Cecilia Parish Center, 603 Oak St

DANE

Cambridge

2/24/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cambridge High School, 403 Bluejay Way

Fitchburg

2/22/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tri North Builders, 2625 Research Park Dr

Madison

2/22/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m., Madison East Blood Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Rd

2/22/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St

2/22/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Madison West Blood Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave

2/22/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4505 Regent St

2/23/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Karben4 Brewing, 3698 Kinsman Blvd

2/23/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Madison West Blood Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave

2/23/2021: 12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Madison East Blood Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Rd

2/24/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Central Wisconsin Center Building 7, 317 Knutson Dr

2/24/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Madison West Blood Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave

2/24/2021: 12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Madison East Blood Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Rd

2/25/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4505 Regent St

2/25/2021: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Madison West Blood Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave

2/25/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., USquare, 795 University Ave

2/25/2021: 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Madison East Blood Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Rd

2/26/2021: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Madison East Blood Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Rd

2/26/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Madison West Blood Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave

2/26/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., USquare, 795 University Ave

2/27/2021: 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Madison East Blood Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Rd

2/27/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Madison West Blood Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave

2/28/2021: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Madison East Blood Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Rd

2/28/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Madison West Blood Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave

Stoughton

2/25/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Lake View Church, 2220 Lincoln Ave

Sun Prairie

2/24/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Prairie Lakes Shopping Center, 2804 Prairie Lakes Dr, Suite 201

2/27/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Colonial Club, 301 Blankenheim Ln

GREEN

Monticello

2/26/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Zwingli United Church of Christ, 416 E Lake Ave

ROCK

Beloit

2/24/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Family Worship Center, 1021 Cranston Rd.

Evansville

2/26/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St Johns Lutheran Church, 312 South Third St

Janesville

2/22/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., YMCA of Northern Rock County, 221 Dodge St.

SAUK

Baraboo

2/26/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Don Larson Superstore, S3801 County Hwy. BD

La Valle

2/22/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fire Department, 101 W Main St

Lake Delton

2/23/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., La Quinta by Wyndham, 444 Wisconsin Dells Parkway S.

You can make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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