Red Cross issues emergency appeal for blood

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The American Red Cross in Burlington has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations. In a statement late this afternoon, Red Cross officials said supplies are so low that the Red Cross has cut shipments of blood to area hospitals.

Officials say the situation is exacerbated by a nation-wide blood shortage. The Red Cross says the northern New England region has less than a one-day supply of blood. A three to five day supply is considered ideal.

People interested in donating blood can contact the American Red Cross for information.

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