RED CROSS URGES CITIZENS GIVE BLOOD DURING SUMMER LULL

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Today is World Blood Donor Day, less than a week after a deadly shooting in Orlando left dozens dead and dozens more injured.

The American Red Cross said blood transfusions and blood platelets save millions of lives each year, helping patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, but also supporting complex medical and surgical procedures after traumatic injuries.

Nancy Boyd with the American Red Cross of West Alabama said the demand for blood donations goes up during summer months, as fewer people stop in to give.

According to the American Red Cross, at least 38,000 blood donations are needed every day to keep treating patients in need.

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