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Jul 22, 2012 1:39 AM

Blood donations significantly down in Southern Arizona

TUCSON -The American Red Cross says blood donations are down significantly in Southern Arizona.

It's the lowest they've seen in 15 years.

The group held a blood drive Satuday at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel.

The Red Cross says weather plays a role in blood donations.

The extreme heat is keeping some donors at home.

Also, the organization was forced to cancel dozens of blood drives this month because of severe storms.

The Red Cross needs more donors to step up in order to have sufficient supplies to meet patient needs.

To donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

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