Last updated: May 19. 2014 11:38PM - 847 Views
By John DiMaria

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The American Red Cross kicks off its “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” campaign on Saturday, May 24, reminding blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Memorial Day, which is why All presenting blood and platelet donors from Saturday through Monday will receive a commemorative Red Cross cooling towel while supplies last.

“100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” runs through Sept. 1. Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate.

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