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Give blood with the American Red Cross and help maintain the summer blood supply

June 09, 2014

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with type O negative, B negative and A negative.

While the need for blood remains constant during the summer, donations drop. Between June and August, on average, two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what hospitals need. This seasonal decline could be overcome if just two additional donors – above what is expected – give blood at each Red Cross blood drive this summer.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Recently, a patient needed 79 blood products after injuries sustained during a car accident. Thanks to blood donors who gave in the days and weeks prior, blood products were readily available for this patient and thousands of others at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country supported by the Red Cross.

This summer, there are 100 chances to give hope with the Red Cross by giving blood. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to learn more and make an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Dickinson County

June 17 from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Elementary,301 S Buckeye in Abilene, Kan.

Franklin County

June 18 from noon - 6 p.m. at Celebration Hall,1737 S. Elm in Ottawa, Kan.

Geary County

June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WTB Clam Shell, Building 675 Warrior Road in Fort Riley, Kan.

June 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Junction City Municipal Building, 700 N Jefferson in Junction City, Kan.

June 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Junction City Municipal Building, 700 N Jefferson in Junction City, Kan.

Lyon County

June 19 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Newman Regional Health, 1201 W. 12th Ave. in Emporia, Kan.

June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at McDonalds,1202 W. 6th Street in Emporia, Kan.

Pottawatomie County

June 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Wamego Health Center, 711 Genn Dr. in Wamego, Kan.

Washington County

June 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2052 10th Rd. in Greenleaf, Kan.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent in Kansas), 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

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.