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Blood supplies run low

June 13, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

With less than a day's supply of type-O blood in its reserve inventory, the American Red Cross is seeking people to donate blood.

Low donor turnout has affected blood supply, said Marianne Spampinato, spokeswoman for American Red Cross Blood Services.

High schools and colleges are some of the largest sources of donations to the Red Cross and with school out for the summer, donations hit a low point, Spampinato said.

Washington County Hospital's supply of type-O blood also is very low, said Dr. John Newby, director of laboratories.

The hospital has just a few units of type-O negative and type-O positive blood, Newby said.

The rest of the blood supply appears adequate, he said.

Blood supplies usually are low in the summer as people travel away from home, Newby said.




If you would like to donate blood, the American Red Cross will be collecting donations at the following locations over the next week:

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· Today and every Wednesday - Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 1131 Conrad Court from noon to 6 p.m.

· Friday - Washington County Hospital at 251 E. Antietam St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Friday - Trinity United Church of Christ at 30 W. North St. in Waynesboro, Pa., from noon to 6 p.m.

· Monday, June 18 - Smithsburg Fire Hall on North Main Street in Smithsburg from 1 to 7 p.m.

· Tuesday, June 19 - Brook Lane gymnasium at 13218 Brook Lane Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or go to www.redcrosslife.org.

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