Louisiana blood bank caught in federal shutdown crisis

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The partial federal government shutdown has caused problems for a New Orleans blood bank that serves more than two dozen hospitals in Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

Blood Center spokesman Paul Adams said that the nonprofit had to cancel two blood drives that were going to take place at or near federal government agencies because of the shutdown.

Adams said the center relies on area businesses to host blood drives and often holds them at federal government buildings or areas with a lot of federal government employees. The government facilitates the blood drives and employees are often willing to donate.

The blood bank is scrambling to find other locations to hold their drives such as schools or churches.

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