Red Cross Suffers Severe Shortfall After Sandy 

The American Red Cross is facing a severe shortfall in blood donations. Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives across the east coast. Now the Red Cross needs to make up for a huge donation gap, an estimated 9,000 donors. The Red Cross has set up a blood drive at 900 Hammond Street in Bangor, and says the need is greater than ever. “Every two seconds someone in the country needs blood, we need blood every two seconds,” says Christine Bessey of the Red Cross. “In Maine alone we need 300 units a day just to keep the hospitals current.”The drive will continue over the next few days. To donate, you can stop in at 900 Hammond Street between 11:00-6:00 Thursday and from 8:00-2:00 Friday and Saturday.