While you’re out enjoying the summer sun and having some fun, don’t forget to share the gift of life with people in need.

The Red Cross is in a critical blood shortage and donors are needed. Your blood or platelet donation this July during Disaster Education Awareness Month can help build a blood supply strong enough to meet ongoing and emergency needs. Remember you can donate whole blood every 56 days.

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I’ve been donating since I was a teenager. Donations take about 30 minutes. I especially like giving at the center on Market Street for the comfy donation loungers and the air conditioning!

You can book an appointment online at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org

Some statistics from the Red Cross:

Help save the day!

  • One out of 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood products.
  • When disaster strikes, blood needs can be immense – and immediate.
  • The Red Cross has the unique ability to move blood around the country through it’s National Inventory Management System.
  • All blood types are needed, but people with type O have a special gift to give.

O how we need you.

  • Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
  • Type O positive can be transfused to patients with any positive blood type—or about 8 out of 10 people
  • Hospitals use type O negative blood in most emergencies when a patient’s blood type is unknown.
  • About 40 percent of people have type O positive and 7 percent have type O negative.

More information on their flyer here: http://bit.ly/oSG9OR

So if please consider taking a short amount of time out of your summer day to help save a life!

Thank you!