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Blood shortage imperils community

The American Red Cross anticipates fewer blood donations during the holidays and pleads accordingly for all available donors to give what they can when they can each winter. But bad weather in other parts of the country combined with bad timing and seasonal illnesses to create a blood shortage that puts us in crisis right now.

The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 37,000 fewer donations were given in November and December than expected, including nearly 950 in the Carolinas Blood Services Region, which includes Brunswick County.

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