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In the wake of the most recent snow storm, one area of critical need has been exposed to the cold. The Community Blood Bank of the Carolinas is in a shortage of supply, put even more behind by the shortage they experienced during the first snow storm that hit Charlotte last month.

Lauren Bailey is the Communications Coordinator with the center. She said with the roads shut down for two days during the storm, they lost hundreds of units of blood.

"Right now, because of Snowmaggden of 2014, we are facing a critical blood shortage,” she said. “We lost over two and half days of collection and we usually collect hundreds of units a day because our local hospitals require about 400 units a day."

Although the center held drives over the weekend with extended hours and varied locations, Bailey said the supply will take at least a month to regenerate.

This morning, one of those emergency drives was held at the Elevation Church service, which is held at Providence Senior High School campus. Bailey said the church has worked with the center in the past and are always there to lend them a hand.

"With this critical shortage, they've really been pushing it, really telling their congregation to come out and give blood,” she said. “This need is urgent and we have a second bus out here today to accommodate what we believe will be a big turnout."

One such church member, Davis Anderson, said he regularly gives blood because it’s an easy way to give back.

"Obviously we are low on blood in the community with the snow storm and all and it’s just so easy to do,” he said. “I mean, especially when they do it at church. You can just walk out of church and it takes twenty to thirty minutes and you're done."

For hours and locations to donate, visit ccbc.us.

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