Valdosta - The American Red Cross hopes the new year will bring a remedy to the critical blood shortage.
Although donor centers are usually closed for New Years, several South Georgia centers kept their doors open Thursday. The blood supply is always short during the holidays, but this year, its at an all time low.
"The southern region supplies blood for over 140 hospitals and right now the blood supply is inadequate for the surgeries that are scheduled," said Karen Morgan.
Red Cross officials say O-positive blood, the most common type, is needed most. Blood donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old.