"Blood and platelet donations are especially needed during the summer months when donations slow due to summer vacations and travel among regular donors", said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross Indiana Ohio Blood Services Region.
The Red Cross is also trying to recruit new blood donors who are less likely to give during the summer months when schools are out of session.
An emergency call was issued for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types. "We rely on volunteer donors, and so the blood is used to treat cancer patients, trauma patients, organ transplants, burn victims, you name it".
"There is no substitute for blood you can only get it from a human body, so to keep patients safe and well in the hospital after surgery after accident we need to have blood there for them", Judy Granger of the American Red Cross said.
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In Mansfield, an upcoming blood donation opportunity will take place from noon until 6 p.m. Thursday at the Dairy Queen at 309 Ashland Road.
"For a first-time donor, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a good breakfast", said Red Cross blood donor Chris Hunt.
For more information or to find a center near you, visit the American Red Cross website.
At a donation center, the donor checks in, reads a few materials, and answers a questionnaire before going over a health-history form and physical. Donors can help even more people by inviting a family member, friend or co-worker to donate too. "And I've probably given about 20 gallons of blood over time". The 4th of July holiday and summer vacation plans can impact donation numbers as well.
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