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Harsh winter hampers blood donations

The American Red Cross administers a blood drive at Saratoga Casino and Raceway's Vapor nightclub on in this Jan. 21, 2013, photo. (Gazette file photo)
The American Red Cross administers a blood drive at Saratoga Casino and Raceway's Vapor nightclub on in this Jan. 21, 2013, photo. (Gazette file photo)
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The American Red Cross is out for blood. Maureen Wellman, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, said there is an urgent need for blood donations in the Capital Region and other parts of the country. Severe winter weather has affected the Red Cross’ ability to secure donations at blood drives. “The impact has been nationwide and also locally,” Wellman said. “From the beginning of January, we’ve seen more than 1,500 blood drives canceled around the ...


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