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By Andrea Lucia, CBS 11 News
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM)- The American Red Cross is making an emergency appeal for money and blood donations, blaming the winter weather for creating a critical shortage of both.

In four days, the Dallas area has seen 17 fires.

Red Cross volunteers have responded to every one, helping more than 100 victims find the food, clothing, and shelter to get through the difficult days that follow.

“We have a lot of support we need to provide these folks,” said Dan Halliburton, a volunteer dispensing help at an apartment complex fire.

Now the non-profit’s funds are dwindling, having already handed out more than $10,000 in aid.

It also expects demand to continue, as the lingering cold convinces more people to use chimneys and space heaters.

“We have to have to money to purchase the supplies possible for us to roll a disaster relief truck up on the curb,” said Anita Foster, a Red Cross spokesperson.

That’s not even the biggest problem these cold temperatures are creating, though.

With many roads iced over, the Red Cross has canceled all of its blood drives.

“We have come to a screeching halt on the blood collection side of the Red Cross,” said Foster.

The organization says it has lost out on hundreds of pints of blood. With the same winter storm striking across the country, there are few cities to turn to for help.

“This is a crisis, this is a real emergency that we’re having,” said Foster.

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