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Over the past two months, donations have been down and the organization is 61,000 short of what is needed.

With summer vacation on many donor minds and school being out of session, the Red Cross is urging more people to get out to a donation center so they can bring more blood in.

"It's crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood", said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross, in a press release issued Monday.

On Wednesday, a special blood drive called Beach Days is going on at the Sheraton Madison Hotel on John Nolen Drive, from 11 a.m.to 6 p.m.

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"Blood can't be manufactured", said Mauger.

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are on the fence can put their hesitations aside as they hear from Red Cross blood and platelet donors how simple it is to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.

Zydio said it is easy for residents to visit the website, redcrossblood.org, enter their Zip Code, and find where upcoming blood drive opportunities are in their neighborhoods. "And I've probably given about 20 gallons of blood over time". Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate. Additionally, summer vacations can disrupt plans for regular blood and platelet donors.


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