Red Cross planning blood drive

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Red Cross sets blood drive at Seymour church

The American Red Cross plans to conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon June 21 at S. Paul Lutheran Church Borchers, 10792 N. County Road 210E, Seymour.

Summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs, according to the American Red Cross. Nearly 90 percent of donors surveyed this past spring said they planned to take a vacation this summer, potentially making them less available to give. In addition, many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer. But the need for blood donations is constant. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

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