How to save a life: American Red Cross announces area blood drives

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Red Cross facing chronic blood shortage

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic blood shortage.

The Red Cross regularly experiences a blood shortage in August when regular donors may delay giving due to summer vacations or the back-to-school rush.

Those who donate platelets now through August 31 will be given a $25 Home Depot card and a $5 Target card. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells, drawn with a special machine, can be donated every 112 days.

Those with the following blood types are invited to donate: O-, O+, A-, B-. Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visitingredcrossblood.org or calling 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767).

Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged to ensure that everyone is seen quickly.

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Blood drives are held all over the area.

The blood drive is named in honor of Dr. Charles Drew, the African-American physician who pioneered the American Red Cross system of blood banking.

Blood donors must be in general good health and feeling well, be at least 17-years-old and be at least 110 pounds.

For more information, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit Twitter at @RedCross.

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