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American Red Cross Seeks More Blood Donations This Summer
01:17PM / Monday, June 23, 2014
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The American Red Cross encourages blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up a sleeve to give.

Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood. These blood types are the most in demand and the first to run out if there is a shortage.

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood and help save lives, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Upcoming Berkshire County blood donation opportunities:

* Wednesday, July 2: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams.

* Tuesday, July 8: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kivie Kaplan Building, 53 Brookside Road, Great Barrington.

* Monday, July 14: 1-6 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield.

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