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BLOOD DONORS ARE INCREDIBLY GENEROUS

In the wake of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the United States, generous donors throughout our region responded overwhelmingly to give blood to aid victims.

The American Red Cross, New York-Penn Region, is touched by the outpouring of support during this time of crisis.

We are grateful to our loyal donors who gave blood prior to the disaster. It is because of their commitment that the region was able to send 1,000 units of blood to the New York City area within hours of the tragedy.

We are also grateful to all of the new donors, who have enabled our region to replenish the community blood supply.

Because of the donors' generosity, the region collected an unprecedented 3,200 productive units on Sept. 11. Donors continued to give throughout the week, and the region collected close to a week and a half worth of blood in only three days.

We are asking donors to please remember that blood is needed not only during times of crisis, but every day throughout the year.

The overwhelming response due to the tragic events of Sept. 11 has created long waits at local blood donation sites. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for the public's continued patience and support.

We encourage donors to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation appointment in the upcoming weeks and months.

Many have questioned if all blood types are still needed. The answer is a resounding yes, although types O positive and O negative are especially needed.

ANN SAUNDERS

Executive Director
New York-Penn Region
American Red Cross
Blood Services

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