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A Los Angeles trauma centers closed to new patients this week as a result of blood supply shortages, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The Red Cross declared its first-ever national blood crisis in the U.S. on Tuesday and warned of the severe consequences for patients — including doctors being forced to make "difficult decisions" about which people receive blood transfusions.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services shut down the trauma center at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for two hours on Monday, the Times reported. The trauma center had to ask other hospitals for blood in order to reopen.

It was the first time in over three decades that the trauma center was forced to close to new patients, per the report. 

"I can't emphasize enough just how urgent and critical this blood shortage is for L.A. County residents," Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, medical director of the Los Angeles County EMS Agency, said to the newspaper.

Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of the health services department, told the Times the closure came in middle of a COVID-19 surge, at a time "when hospitals and ambulance providers are already struggling and when emergency departments are already strained"

The Hill has reached out to both Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for comment.

On Tuesday, the American Red Cross said it had "less than a one-day supply of critical blood types" and has had to limit distributions to hospitals.

"At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met," the organization added.

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What the pop? Disney World fans wait in line for SEVEN HOURS to get hold of limited $25 dragon-shaped POPCORN buckets (which are now selling for three times as much on eBay)

Disney World fanatics reportedly waited in line for up to seven hours to get their hands on a $25 popcorn bucket shaped by a beloved animated character.

As part of EPCOT's International Festival of the Arts, which is running through February 21, the Orlando theme park has added art exhibits, performances, and limited-edition food to its offerings.

Among the special food items was a popcorn bucket shaped like Figment, a purple dinosaur from the park's 'Journey to Imagination' ride.

Delish reports that so many park-goers were desperate to get their hands on a Figment popcorn bucket that the lined up for hours — and now some are selling them for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

Disney World fanatics reportedly waited in line for up to seven hours to get their hands on a $25 popcorn bucket shaped by a beloved animated character

The popcorn bucket is shaped Figment, a purple dinosaur from the park's 'Journey to Imagination' ride

The $25 limited-edition buckets went on sale on January 14 and fans waited for hours and hours to buy them

Videos show parkgoers waiting outside the park before it even opened so they could run to the line as early as possible

They made a beeline toward the line, which wrapped around the park and was hundreds and hundreds of people long

@tattoodisneydad Real-time rope drop for the figment popcorn bucket! #figmentday #popcornbucket #tattoodisneydad #purplepigment #disneycommunity ¿ original sound - Jason M

The limited-edition bucket could be purchased at the Pop Eats! stand starting January 14, though as of January 17 some social media users say they were sold out. 

The large toy looks nothing like a bucket at first glance, and is in exactly the shape of a smiling, sitting Figment with a colorful carrying strap hooked to either side of its head.

However, the back opens up to reveal to reveal a small packet of colorful sugar-coated popcorn inside.

While there are plenty of other Figment items available at EPCOT gift shops, this one proved so popular that fans were willing to wait for hours.

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While some were lucky and only waited 30 minutes to an hour, some reported waiting five, six, and even seven hours

The buckets were launched as part of EPCOT's International Festival of the Arts, which is running through February 21 - but they sold out within days

Thrilled Disney fans shared photos and videos of their Figment buckers on social media

'The line for the Figment Popcorn Bucket is insane!' wrote one man. 'It is about a 5-6 hour wait right now. I’m guessing Disney has enough for everyone!'

Some saw their long weight times as a badge of honor and boasted on TikTok

The Orlando theme park has added art exhibits, performances, and limited-edition food to its offerings for the festival

The bucket just looked like a large figment toy with a shoulder strap but has popcorn hidden inside

@terrificallytoni I just saw a cast member get shoved for a spirit jersey, it¿s intense out here #festivalofthearts #epcot #figment #figmentpopcornbucket #disneyworld #wdw ¿ Oh No - Kreepa

Videos from a man named Jason M (@tattoodisneydad) show a massive crowd of people waiting for the park to open up in the morning. The second the gates open, hundreds rush forward, with many seemingly making a beeline for the Figment stand.

Though Jason was at the park before it opened, by the time he arrived at the line for the popcorn bucket, it was already quite long. 

Another video from a man named Eric (@dorkyparksdad) revealed just how long the line spanned, showing hundreds and hundreds of people wrapped around an artificial lake.

'The line for the Figment Popcorn Bucket is insane!' he wrote. 'It is about a 5-6 hour wait right now. I’m guessing Disney has enough for everyone!'

Some buyers had no intention of keeping thee buckets or even giving them away, and have turned to resale sites to make a quick buck

They're asking for hundreds of dollars each, and some are getting three times as much as they paid

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While some managed to be a bit luckier and had just a 30-minute wait, others have said they waited as long as seven hours. 

Several of these diehards have since shared photos of their popcorn buckets on social media, with a few Disney-themed accounts holding giveaways. 

But some buyers had no intention of keeping thee buckets or even giving them away, and have turned to resale sites to make a quick buck. 

On eBay, selling are asking for hundreds of dollars, and some are getting three times as much as they paid.

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