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OUR VIEW: Red Cross needs blood donors’ help this summer

With school out, Memorial Day over and vacations being taken, summer is certainly here. But the very thing that makes the summer season so enjoyable — all the activities, travel, etc. — causes a downturn in blood donation.

That’s why the American Red Cross kicked off it’s “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” campaign on May 24. The organization is trying to remind people that donations are needed in the summer as much as any other time of the year.

“Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, chief executive officer, Southern Blood Services Region. “Making a blood or platelet donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”

The Red Cross says that the decline in blood donations during summer months is pronounced — during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

The “100 Days” campaign will run through Sept. 1, and the Red Cross’ goal all sumer is to encourage at least two more donors, above what is expected, to give blood at each blood drive. To that end, the Red Cross encourages interested parties to go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment to donate.

All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health to be eligible to donate.

While we hope you enjoy the summer months, we also encourage you to find time to help save a life by donating blood in the coming months.

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