TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — Blood shortages are a critical problem across the region, and the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society is helping out.

The exhibition hall at the fairgrounds will open for the American Red Cross to hold upcoming appointment-only emergency blood drives.

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The drives will be held each Friday in May beginning next week.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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