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Aug 6, 2012 1:32 PM

Blood donations up, but more are needed

TUCSON - Blood donations are slowly improving locally, according to The American Red Cross. But the organization says more donations are needed to make sure there's an adequate supply through the end of summer.

"We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors in Arizona who responded to our appeal, helping to save lives," said Darrin Greenlee, chief executive officer of the Arizona Blood Services Region. "The Red Cross is so appreciative for each and every selfless act of giving. Our blood donors truly do this out of the goodness of their hearts."

Although the number of blood donations has increased, the situation remains serious and more donors are needed in the coming weeks. If at least three additional people give at each blood drive through the end of August - above what the Red Cross already expects to collect - there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs through the end of the summer.

Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

To donate blood, call the Red Cross at:
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit: redcrossblood.org

A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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