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COLUMBUS, Ga. - The severe winter weather across the United States has caused the donations of some blood types to reach a critical level. Since the beginning of January, more than 600 blood drives have been canceled because of severe weather. A group of students at Fort Service Learning Magnet Academy planned a drive for Friday, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

"We're deciding to take it into our own hands and trying to save some lives," said 7th grader Mia Reese.

The group of 7th graders at Fort Middle School planned the drive a while ago, but it was much needed on Friday.

"We're at critical levels right now for the O negative blood type because that's the universal blood type," said Shawn Geddes at the American Red Cross.

Severe weather across the south canceled more than 50 drives in Georgia over the past couple of days.

"As the blood is coming in now, we process it and we ship it out so it's just a constant need," said Geddes.

The students each signed up 5 people for the blood drive, and are hoping to reach their goal of 60 pints.

"Who did you get your signatures from," asked reporter Naomi Keitt? "I got my mom, my dad, both of my grandma's and my auntie," said 7th grader Jamiya Williams.

The students signed up relatives, community members and teachers in order to donate, and the American Red Cross says the more donations the better. On average, the Red Cross collects around 15,000 pints every day for patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the United States.

If you want to donate or learn more about the American Red Cross you can visit http://www.redcross.org/ga/columbus.

Naomi Keitt

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