Last weekend's late autumn Nor'easter storm is having a negative impact on Vermonts tenuous fresh blood supply. Locally, blood product inventory is low and the American Red Cross is struggling to meet the needs of Porter Hospital. Blood drives were cancelled or disrupted around the area late last week and over the weekend. The American Red Cross throughout the Northeast is making every effort to make up the 2,300 pint shortfall by asking all who are eligible to make an appointment now to donate blood. The need for blood continues every day. Patients in Porter and other regional hospitals depend on the availability of blood regardless of snow, rain or shine, according to Susan Parmer, of the American Red Cross, Northern New England Region. It is of crucial importance that blood is available when it is needed, Parmer said. We are asking Addison County residents who are eligible to remember patients in need and make an extra effort to come out and donate blood when conditions allow. To donate blood in Addison County, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit www.newenglandblood.org .