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Blood donations have more than tripled in metro Buffalo during the two weeks following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., but that doesn't begin to tell the story.

In the 10 days before the terrorist attacks, Buffalo-area residents donated 1,743 units of blood.

Locals gave that much blood -- 1,784 units -- on Sept. 12 alone.

In all, the American Red Cross collected nearly 8,000 units of blood from people across the Buffalo region between Sept. 11 and Tuesday, said Sybil L. Miller, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in the New York-Pennsylvania region.

In fact, during the past two weeks the Buffalo region had the second-highest total of blood donations among the 52 upstate New York and 10 Pennsylvania counties in the Red Cross' New York-Penn region, she said.

Though the Red Cross normally has a three-day blood supply on any given day, the outpouring of donations has doubled its reserves, giving it a six-day supply, she said.

Red Cross officials stressed they always need blood for local patients, particularly during the upcoming holiday season.


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