CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The American Red Cross says a series of storms and the expectation of additional snow across northern New England are causing a significant decline in blood donations.

Officials say blood collected to date during this month is close to 900 pints less than expected in the region. With more snow on the way, the Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to give blood at this time.

Blood drives were held in New Hampshire on Wednesday, despite the weather, in Manchester, Nashua and other locations statewide.

at the Blood Donor Center in Manchester; the University of New Hampshire’s Memorial Union building; St. Paul’s Church in Franklin; and St. Christopher’s Church in Nashua.

AP-ES-02-13-08 0946EST

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