Blood Supply Running Low

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The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency appeal for blood, saying that unless donors come forward, the existing supply will be gone by New Year's Day.

The head of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois blood services region says the blood supply has been severely affected by the flu and the holiday season.

Right now, the region's blood supply is down 26 percent compared to a year ago. That equates to about 1,400 units of blood.