Oct 16, 2015 3:18 PM

Manchester Red Cross extends hours for blood donation, shortage due to southeastern floods


MANCHESTER - Recent flooding in the southeastern part of the country has led the local Red Cross blood donation center to extend its hours of operation on Saturday.

The American Red Cross is asking donors to help make up for a critical shortage of blood products after severe flooding led to the cancellation of numerous blood drives in other parts of the country. Officials estimate a shortfall of more than 1,260 blood and platelet donations.

New Hampshire donors can help make up the difference from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the donation center at 425 Reservation Ave.

Donors can schedule a time by calling 1-800 RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or by registering online at redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.


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