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American Red Cross asking folks to roll up their sleeves this summer

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 06:36 PM EDT
WINTERSVILLE, Ohio -- School is out and vacations are underway, and that may not be a good thing for the American Red Cross.
That’s because a large portion of blood donations to the Red Cross come from high school and college students.
The organization wants blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up their sleeves to give.
"Schools and universities are not in session, and that's 25 percent of the blood collections the Red Cross does throughout the year," said Kathleen Musso, executive director of the Wintersville Red Cross.
Now that those blood donors are gone, the Red Cross in Wintersville has blood drives scheduled all throughout July to help prevent a blood shortage.
"The goal is to collect near a thousand units of blood a day because that is servicing a very wide area the blood region coverage five states,” Musso said. “So it becomes very important to have that supply in the hospitals when that patient needs it."
While all blood types are appreciated, there is one that is preferred the most.
"We're always looking for ‘O’ donors because that's the most universal that everyone can use,” Musso said. “We're not going to turn away any blood donor because there may be someone out there who needs your blood type."
The first big blood drive to boost more blood donations will be at the Fort Steuben Mall during the 4rth of July Holiday.

American Red Cross asking folks to roll up their sleeves this summer

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