AURORA, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — A Chicago area blood bank says it has an urgent need for blood donors because of the blizzard this week.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports, the Heartland Blood Centers in Aurora say the blizzard cut into their regular blood collections.

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The blood bank was closed Wednesday, losing a full day of blood collections. On Tuesday, collections were low because of the weather, and several donation efforts were canceled on Thursday, as well, blood bank officials said.

Heartland needs about 600 volunteer blood donors every day in order to meet the transfusion demands of patients in their 38 member hospitals throughout Kane, DuPage and other area counties.

Eligible donors are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-7 TO GIVE. Donors also can visit for a complete listing of blood drives throughout the area.

“We are pleading for all eligible donors who can safely make it to one of our centers or community blood drives to please do so immediately so that others may get the treatment they need,” said Ann McKanna, a Heartland vice president.