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Red Cross Requests Blood Donations

The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before, as well as those who have not given recently, to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and to help sustain a sufficient community blood supply through the summer months.
While the need for blood is constant during the summer months, the Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors during those months.
Nationwide, nearly one-third fewer donors gave blood last summer compared to the rest of the year. Additionally, many schools where blood drives are held are not in session, and donors often delay giving due to summer vacation plans.
About 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but less than 10 percent of those eligible donate. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes.
Whether new to donating blood or a lifelong donor, the Red Cross offers helpful tips for an enjoyable donation experience:

Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
Eat iron-rich foods leading up to donation.
Hydrate – drink an extra 16 ounces of liquid before and after the donation.

“Every day, we have thousands of lives to help save, but blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months,” says Jan Hale, communications manager for the Southwest Blood Services Region. “In less time than it can take to go out to eat, you can make a life-saving difference for cancer patients, accident victims and others in need.”
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit- ing or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767).

Updated 06-17-2017

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