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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The sluggish economy is affecting blood
supplies in the Carolinas, where donors are failing to meet the
anticipated demands.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the blood supply in
the Carolinas has dwindled to the lowest level in more than 12

American Red Cross regional director Barry Porter says fewer
companies are willing to sponsor blood drives, which account for
nearly half of all donations. Some tell Porter that they do not
want their employees to take time off work.

Blood drives on campuses and at donation centers are also down.

The Carolinas Red Cross region supplies blood to 103 hospitals
in North Carolina and in small parts of South Carolina, Tennessee
and Georgia.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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