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American Red Cross urgently needs blood donations for final weeks of summer

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 15:57:26-04

The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer because of a summer blood shortage.

The summer months are some of the most challenging times of the year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet needs.

Donors who give regularly tend to delay giving during the summer because of activities or vacations.

The American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types in order to ensure patients in need can get the help that may save their lives.

Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.