UPDATE:

The American Red Cross said they are in major need of blood donations right now.

In fact, they said they're in a deficit and they need your help getting out of it.

The Red Cross said they've had to cancel around 500 donations in Nebraska since Jan. 1 because of weather and the government shutdown.

They said they want to have a five–day supply of blood on hand at any time and that they currently have less than a three–day supply.

The Red Cross held a blood drive Wednesday in front of the UNL College of Law.

Drive organizer Liz Herriot said they haven't seen their supply this low in a long time.

"Four percent of all of Red Cross donations come through state, local government blood drives and military drives," Herriot said.  "And so the fact that we haven't had those and then the weather conditions have cause the blood drive to be super low.  So we're in a state of emergency right now."

Herriot said the only way they get life–saving blood is from volunteer blood donors and any disruptions in donations can cause severe issues for those in need of blood, including death.

Herriot said she herself is afraid of needles, but said she pushes through it knowing she'll make a difference.

You can schedule a donation or register by visiting: https://www.redcrossblood.org/

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The American Red Cross said they are in major need of blood donations right now.

They said they've had to cancel around 500 donations in Nebraska since Jan. 1 because of weather.

They said they want to have a five–day supply of blood on hand at any time and they currently have less than a 3–day supply.

The Red Cross held a blood drive Wednesday in front of the UNL College of Law.  Organizer Liz Herriot said the blood supply hasn't been this low in a long time.

"When people are in need and we don't have any blood on hand, obviously that's a huge issue," Herriot said.  "So we're getting down to the level where we just really need donations to try to get back up to the five quarts on hand."

She said the only way they get life–saving blood is from volunteer blood donors and that any disruptions in donations can cause severe issues for those in need of blood, including death.