Red Cross urges travelers to add blood donation to vacation list

FILE - Technician Greg Snyder finishes up a blood draw from Chris Page after he donated blood in an Indiana Blood Center Bloodmobile in Indianapolis, Aug. 20, 2013. (Michael Conroy/AP Photo, file)

Before you hit the beach this week, the Red Cross is asking that you donate some blood.

A recent survey of its regular blood and platelet donors found that more than 40 percent of regular Red Cross supporters are planning on being away over the next two weeks to celebrate the July 4th holiday. That, combined with fewer blood drives being scheduled due to planned vacations, could potentially contribute to a summer shortage, according to the organization.

“Adding blood or platelet donation to a vacation to-do list can mean so much to patients and their families,” Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships at American Red Cross Biomedical Services said in a statement. “It’s a simple act, taking as little as an hour, but can touch many lives.”

In addition to helping one’s community, donors who schedule an appointment between July 2 and July 6 will receive a Red Cross embroidered baseball cap, while supplies last.

More information is available via the free Blood Donor App, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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