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Donors drawn to NPD blood drive

NASHUA – The American Red Cross is reporting shortages among certain blood types, some of which only have less than a day’s supply.

Amid this blood shortage, Nashua Police Department conducted its annual blood drive with the American Red Cross of New Hampshire & Vermont on Monday afternoon, drawing folks from the community to donate their blood to save lives.

As of late July, the Red Cross was short on most blood types, and although the need is constant, Monday’s event worked to help boost blood supplies.

“Certain blood types are still less than half-a-day or a day, and some are in a little better condition, two-plus days, but as of right now, there’s about four blood types that are still really low,” team lead with Red Cross Ivy Wolffe said during the police department’s blood drive.

She believes those types include: B positive, O negative, O positive and A negative.

Aside from the holiday stretch from Thanksgiving through Jan. 1, she said August is the most difficult time of year to collect blood because people are off enjoying their end-of-summer vacations. Nonetheless, she said Nashua is a great area for blood drives.

“People come out a lot for this area,” Wolffe said.

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.