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Red Cross: Blood shortage accompanies summer

According to the American Red Cross, late June through early July can be “extra challenging” to collect blood donations, as eligible donors go on vacations or fill their schedules with fun summer activities, leaving little time to give.

Despite this annual dearth of blood availability, the need for lifesaving blood products including whole blood and plasma cells does not decline. As Independence Day approaches, the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that patients cannot take a holiday from needing blood.

Toward this end, all donors between July 1-15 will be automatically entered to win one of five $3,000 American Express gift cards to help create their own summer memories.

Below is a list of upcoming blood-donation opportunities through the next few weeks throughout the county.

Upcoming Blood Drives

June 28 Williamson Medical Center, Franklin

July 1 Longview Recreation Center, Spring Hill

July 9 State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co., Brentwood

July 10 Little House Animal Hospital, Franklin

July 11 First United Methodist Church, Nolensville

July 12 Brentwood Library, Brentwood

Posted on: 6/27/2013


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