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American Red Cross encourages blood donations this summer

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The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But patients don't get a vacation from needing blood. The need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Boone County

Saturday, August 9 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at New Hope Christian Church, 5780 S County Road 650 East in Whitestown.

Hamilton County

Saturday, August 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Hamilton Town Dentistry, 14139 Town Center Boulevard Suite 200 in Noblesville.

Hendricks County

Thursday, August 14 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Ryder - P1, 2801 Airwest Blvd. in Plainfield.

Friday, August 15 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Ryder - P2, 1551 Opus Drive in Plainfield.

Jay County

Friday, August 1 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, 216 W. Pleasant Street in Dunkirk.

Marion County

Friday, August 1 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lowes, 8002 North Shadeland in Indianapolis.

Friday, August 15 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 115 West Washington Street Suite 850 in Indianapolis.

How to donate blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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