Winter weather means blood supply is low

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(Host) Repeated snow and ice storms are making life tough for the people who maintain the region’s blood supply.

The American Red Cross says it has collected 900 fewer pints of blood than it needs in northern New England.

Carol Dembeck is a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Burlington.

(Dembeck) “With the recent bad weather, last week and now recurring again, we have had blood drives cancel or we have had drives where we were open but people have had a great deal of difficulty getting to the drive because of the hazardous driving conditions.”

(Host) The Red Cross in Northern New England needs to collect 500 pints a day to keep up with the demand. So officials are urging people to donate when they can.

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