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The blood supply for the American Red Cross is also at the lowest it has been in 15 years, so eligible donors are urged to participate.
Donors are especially needed in the summer months when extreme weather conditions force many blood drives to cancel. According to Doug Bumpus, mobile unit assistant, levels also decrease in the summer because 60% of the supply comes from high schools, which are closed during the summer months.
The Montgomery-County County Sheriff’s Office showed their support by giving blood. Seven employees from the third shift gathered at the mobile station to roll up their sleeves. They are hoping to participate as a group whenever they can.
“We will bleed for the need…will you?” said Amanda Morey, third-shift intake Corporal. Morey organized the group and encouraged them to sign up for the drive. “We encourage everybody to come out and give because every time you donate you can save up to three lives,” she said.
Jennifer Lowell, third shift booking clerk, reiterated the importance of donating. “It takes 45 minutes out of your day to change someone’s life forever,” Lowell said. “That one small step really does make a huge difference.”
Upcoming local blood drives are as follows:
- 8/4/12: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
- 8/6/12: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
- 8/13/12: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
For more information about the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org or join their blog at http://blog.redross.org.
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