Calls for blood donations in NYC after snow storm

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEW YORK (WABC) -- There's a blood shortage in New York City prompting a call for donations.

The shortage is apparently due to cancellations related to this week's snow storm.

The city is asking New Yorkers to help rebuild the blood bank.

It takes less than one hour to donate, plus you can get a free medical exam.

Mayor de Blasio released a statement saying: "New York City's blood supply is experiencing a shortage due to cancellations related to inclement weather. I urge healthy New Yorkers to help us rebuild our blood bank and set aside less than one hour of their time to donate blood-it's not painful, you will get a free basic medical exam, and most importantly, you can help save many lives. Anyone interested in donating should call (800) 933-BLOOD (2566) or visit"