The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood during the Independence Day Holiday. During this period of time the amount of people donating blood has historically decline.
The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.
"Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations," said Alicia Anger, External Communications Manager, Alabama Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. "Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer."
Those able to donate blood and platelets from June 30 to July 7, will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.
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