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Spike in blood donations in central Illinois for Hurricane Harvey victims

As victims of Hurricane Harvey continue to struggle through this difficult time, people in central Illinois are doing what they can to help. (WRSP)

As victims of Hurricane Harvey continue to struggle through this difficult time, people in central Illinois are doing what they can to help.

Any time there's a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey, one of the biggest needs is blood donations, and the local response so far has been incredible.

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center has seen a big spike in people donating blood, and they say it's specifically because people want to help Hurricane Harvey victims.

The center saw 53% more donors this Tuesday than they do on a typical Tuesday. Tara Matheson, the Community Relations and Supervisor for the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, said, "I think everyone nationwide is really looking for a way that they can help people in Texas right now. They are underwater, they don't have anyone there donating blood, but that need for blood? It's still there, if not larger than it usually is."

The requests from blood centers in Texas have been narrowed down to O positive and O negative blood types because O positive can be transfused into any positive blood type and O negative can be transfused to anyone.

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