Warm weather deters blood donors

The Central Fire Station along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway hosted a blood drive for the N.Y.-Penn region American Red Cross stationed out out of Buffalo, N.Y.According to Red Cross supervisor Pat Schwarzmueller, the warm weather may have deterred donors."We were six percent lower than this time last year," Schwarzmueller said. "It has really pushed us this year and because it has been so warm it declines even more, since people are either staying home in air conditioning or are on vacation. So we see less and less."However, Schwarzmueller noted that they had a strong turnout earlier in the day and may reach their goal of 41 units."Because of that, the Red Cross needs blood donors now more than ever," Schwarzmueller said. "All types are needed, but especially O-negative, which can be used to treat any patient. Type O-negative blood is the universal blood type. This means type O-negative can be transfused to anyone who needs blood, regardless of their own blood type."Pick up a copy of the Saturday, July 16, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.