Weather conditions in Coeur d’Alene neighborhoods have cancelled Friday’s classes for Coeur d’Alene School District. Though the snow day is joyous for some, Friday’s closure is affecting the region’s blood supply to hospitals. Inland Northwest Blood Center had a blood drive planned for Coeur d’Alene High School on Friday, but with no students to donate, they're under the amount they need for the day.
“High schoolers contribute almost 25% of our supply,” Elizabeth Giles, Inland Northwest Blood Center, said on Friday morning. She’s hoping residents are able to make it out to their Coeur d’Alene location to donate the supply that is needed.
“We need 200 units a day and we haven’t seen that many donors for the past week,” Giles explained. “We’re the sole provider to all our hospitals.”
Two other mobile blood drives had to be cancelled as well today. That means they’ve lost the opportunity for about 250 units.
They have yet to reach a critical level in their supply, but if anything drastic were to happen at area hospitals, the low supply could be an issue.
“We’re trying to prevent this before it becomes critical,” Giles added.