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Huge need for blood

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December 18, 2007

Albany - - Many people involved in crashes will need blood to save their life and you can give that lifesaving gift. 

But Albany's Red Cross isn't seeing enough people come in to donate blood. Donations are normally down anyway during the holidays, but the Albany blood center managers say this December is worse than usual.

At this rate, they say there could be a critical blood shortage by the end of the month.  

"It's a noticeable drop. We've gone from seeing 15 people a day coming in here, down to three to five a day if that," says Andrea Tatum.

The Red Cross is offering some incentives to draw people in. Donors can register for a one thousand dollar prize. And starting Wednesday, donors will also get a free t-shirt.

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