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Red Cross says snowstorm hampered blood drives
By Globe Staff
The American Red Cross says it's trying to catch up after its blood collection efforts were hampered by Monday's snowstorm.
The organization had hoped to collect 630 whole blood units in Massachusetts on Monday, but ended up collecting only 230, Red Cross spokeswoman Donna M. Morrissey said Tuesday.
Morrissey said the organization was forced to cancel several blood drives because of the weather. The organization urged people who missed blood drives to reschedule their appointments for later in the week.
The blood is used for patients undergoing a variety of medical procedures. The need for blood never diminishes, the Red Cross said.
Every day, the organization's Northeast Division must collect 2,000 units of blood. (each unit is about a pint) just to meet the basic needs of patients in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, the organization said.
The division fell a total of 1,000 units behind the pace on Monday, Morrissey said.
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