Tuesday, July 12, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The sluggish economy is affecting blood supplies in the Carolinas, where donors are failing to meet the anticipated demands.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the blood supply in the Carolinas has dwindled to the lowest level in more than 12 years.
American Red Cross regional director Barry Porter says fewer companies are willing to sponsor blood drives, which account for nearly half of all donations. Some tell Porter that they do not want their employees to take time off work.
Blood drives on campuses and at donation centers are also down.
The Carolinas Red Cross region supplies blood to 103 hospitals in North Carolina and in small parts of South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)