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Beat the Dog Days of Summer and donate blood through the American Red Cross

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

While the temperature outside is rising, and according to the American Red Cross, the blood supply often drops due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities.

"Summer is a fun, but busy season for a lot of people," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. "No matter what your schedule has in store, set aside an hour to donate blood through the Red Cross and be a lifesaver to patients in need."

Holiday weekends, like the Fourth of July, can prove extra challenging for blood collection making this is a great time to donate and help maintain the blood supply while adding a little variety to your summer routine. To help ensure a stable blood supply through the season, make an appointment to donate blood.

While all blood types are needed to meet patient demand, type O negative blood is especially needed at this time. If you have type O negative blood and are eligible, please make an appointment today to give.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

• July 6, 2010: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Community Center; 225 - 3rd Av SW, Harmony.

• July 7, 2010: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Community Hall; 202 Parkway, Lanesboro.

• July 8, 2010: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm; United Methodist Church; Old Territorial Rd, Chatfield.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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