COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --Potholes and calamity days aren't the only casualties of the harsher-than-usual winter.

The American Red Cross says the snow, ice and frigid cold forced it to cancel 1500 blood drives in Ohio and 33 other states, reducing inventories of blood by some 50,000 donations.

In central Ohio, Red Cross spokesman Rodney Wilson says 51 blood drives that would have brought in 1300 donations had to be canceled and, because workers are now booked other locations, they can't be rescheduled.

Wilson suggests those who are able to donate check for blood drives at community centers, churches and schools.  You can find those by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or going to  You can also call the Red Cross to schedule an appointment to donate at a local donor center.

Wilson says types 0-negative, A-negative and B-negative are most needed.