Blood Shortage 

The American Red Cross is seeking blood donors as

it deals with an unanticipated shortage across New England.

The American Red Cross Blood Services is down almost 1,600 units

in the region. Red Cross spokeswoman Donna Morrissey says that

means there’s less than a one-day supply of certain blood types for

area hospitals.

She says the agency tries to maintain a three-day supply.

Morrissey said the agency usually has ample blood at this time

of year, and she can’t explain the shortage, which developed this


Blood donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and

be in general good health.

As extra incentive, all donors will be eligible to win tickets

to the Red Sox playoff series against the Cleveland Indians.