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      Latest winter storm cut into Red Cross blood drives

      FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina American Red Cross officials are putting out a call for blood donors because this month's winter storm cut into the organizations flow of donations.

      Red Cross officials told The Morning News of Florence for a story Sunday that 20 blood drives across the state were canceled last week. That means about 800 units of blood were not collected.

      Donation recruiter Mike Skipper says the need for blood continues even if the state is shut down by a storm.

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      South Carolina's Red Cross chapters provide blood to 54 hospitals and need donations from about 500 people each weekday to meet the demand.

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

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