Red Cross says Northern New England blood supply low

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The American Red Cross is appealing for blood donors in the wake of two winter storms that have left its Northern New England region short on blood.

The Red Cross is struggling to make up a 2,300-pint shortfall for the hospitals in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Blood drives scheduled for late last week and over the weekend were canceled or disrupted by the bad weather.

Red Cross Northern New England CEO Susan Parmer is asking anyone who is eligible to donate blood to make an extra effort to get out and donate.

To donate blood through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at least 17-years-old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

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