Government Shutdown Cancels NASA Ames Blood Drive, Causes Shortage

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    The government shutdown has had an impact on a critical need for blood in the Bay Area.

    The Stanford Blood Center has an O-negative and B-negative blood shortage.

    A blood drive scheduled for yesterday at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View could have helped fill that need, but it was canceled because of an employee furlough due to the government shutdown.

    A Stanford Blood Center representative said they hold blood drives at NASA Ames five times per year and get an average of 75 units of blood each time.

    That blood would have gone to some of the seven Bay Area hospitals the blood center supplies.

    In the interim, those who can donate could contact the Stanford Blood Center.


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