Red Cross planning June blood drives

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Red Cross announces June blood drives in area

The American Red Cross plans to conduct two blood drives in the Seymour area early next month.

The first will be from 2 to 7 p.m. June 5 at Walmart Supercenter, 1600 E. Tipton St. The other will be from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 11 at First Baptist Church, 505 Community Drive.

All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative or B negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and regular donors are often vacationing, potentially making them less available to give.

World Blood Donor Day, which highlights the constant need for donors during the summer and throughout the year, is June 14. Supermodel Niki Taylor, the celebrity spokeswoman for World Blood Donor Day, fully understands the importance of blood donations. In 2001, she was in a near-fatal car accident and received about 100 pints of blood. To this day, she attributes her survival to the blood donors and doctors who helped save her life.

Anyone donating blood from June 8 to 14 will receive a limited-edition Nexcare “Give” bandage in one of eight global-inspired designs in honor of World Blood Donor Day.

To learn about donating or schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.