COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Georgia now ranks one of the sickest states in the U.S. and the American Red Cross wants to make sure those in need are fully supplied.
Severe winter weather comes with seasonal sickness which prevents normal healthy donors from giving blood.
Today students at Columbus State University helped out.
"The flu-like bug has defiantly hit our blood drives hard this year, particularly with our schools. A number of blood drives are coming up quite short," said Johnny Williams the account manager for the American Red Cross.
This topic hits close for one CSU student who said she is aware of the shortage and the importance of blood supply.
"I have a really dear friend that's in the hospital right now and she has been the recipient of several blood transfusions. I know that her life could not have been saved if it were not for people donating blood," said CSU student Cortney Laughlin.
The American Red Cross supplies 40 percent of blood to 2,600 hospitals and they want to do all they can to have enough to supply, especially in this dangerous flu season.
For more information on giving blood, click here.