Valdosta Daily Times

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June 17, 2014

Summer blood drives

VALDOSTA — There is always a need for blood.  Ask the Red Cross, visit the blood collection center, note the number of blood drives in our region. The need is constant and persistent.

“Every two seconds, someone needs blood,” according to the American Red Cross.

Every two seconds.

Giving blood gives the gift of life.

It sounds cliche but that mention of “every two seconds” strikes home just how much blood donation changes lives and saves lives.

With the summer break in full swing, blood donations are lower than normal. As students leave schools, organizations suspend meetings, people take trips out of town, blood donations dip during the summer, but the need remains the same.

“Each day, the American Red Cross needs 15,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.”

So, the Red Cross increases its efforts. This week, a blood drive will ask Valdosta residents to share this life-saving resource.

Valdosta Community Blood Drive is scheduled for 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St.

Donors will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Wild Adventures, plus other drawings. This drive is sponsored by the Azalea Masonic Lodge. Chick-Fil-A will provide free chicken nugget and sandwich coupons during this drive.

The blood drive allows participants the possibility of summer fun and saving others from summer tragedies.

More information: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); or visit redcrossblood.org

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