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Local Blood Supply Impacted by Wednesday's Severe Snow Storm
Date:2/11/2010

The American Red Cross Is Asking Blood Donors to Respond

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wednesday's blizzard-like conditions have impacted blood donations across the area served by the Penn-Jersey Region.  The American Red Cross expected to see 1,300 donors on Wednesday, however due to inclement weather all blood drives were cancelled.

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This has the potential to seriously affect the ability of the Red Cross to provide blood and blood products to local hospitals and their patients.

"This is an emergency situation that can only be resolved by the willingness of people in our community to step forward and give blood for others in need," says Brigid O'Neill-LaGier, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. "We are urgently asking blood donors to call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an immediate blood donation appointment."

As a result of  this week's two snow storms the Red Cross was unable to collect approximately 1,900 units of blood, and numerous cancellations of blood drives and scheduled donations appointments have put the local blood supply at a very low level.

"To this point we have been able to meet all patient transfusion needs through a combination of local
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