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Bloodmobiles listed

March 02, 2005

Winter storms and widespread outbreaks of colds and flu have resulted in canceled bloodmobiles and blood donation appointments, prompting the Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross Blood Services to launch an emergency appeal for blood donors.

On Tuesday, regional supplies of type O-Negative blood were at half a day's supply, according to a press release from the Red Cross. The region also is down to a day and a half supply of most other blood types, despite importing 752 blood products from other Red Cross blood centers during February.

A week's supply in all blood types is desired.

Individuals age 17 years or older, who weigh at least 105 pounds and are in generally good health, may be able to donate blood. Those with specific eligibility questions may call the Red Cross toll-free at 800-542-5663.

Upcoming bloodmobiles include:

Today

· Chambersburg, Pa.: noon to 6 p.m., St. John's United Church of Christ, Gym, 1811 Lincoln Way East.

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· Hagerstown: noon to 6 p.m., Washington County Chapter, American Red Cross, 1131 Conrad Court.

Thursday

· Martinsburg, W.Va.: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Quad Graphics, 855 Caperton Blvd.

· Martinsburg, W.Va.: noon to 6 p.m., Moler Avenue Church of the Brethren, 136 E. Moler Ave.

· Waynesboro, Pa.: noon to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 15, 63 E. Main St.

· Winchester, Va.: 2 to 6 p.m., American Red Cross, Lucy Custer Building, 561 Fortress Drive.

Friday

· Stephens City, Va.: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sherando High School, Auditorium, 185 S. Warrior Drive.

· Winchester, Va.: 1 to 6 p.m., American Red Cross, Lucy Custer Building, 561 Fortress Drive.

Saturday

· Hagerstown: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elks Lodge, 11063 Robinwood Drive.

· Chambersburg, Pa.: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chambersburg Mall, Community Room.

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