Red Cross urges summer blood donation

The American Red Cross is launching the Summer of Stories campaign to share the personal impact blood and platelet donors can have on a patient in need.

“Stories are the glue that bind many of us together,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Services Region. “Whether you’ve needed blood, have given blood or simply want to share a fun summer memory, we want to hear from you.”

The Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join its Summer of Stories campaign through Sept. 9. The organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors over the number expected to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer.

Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. Individuals can visit redcrossblood.org/summer to make an appointment to donate and share their donation story.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment.

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