As the Independence Day holiday approaches, the American Red Cross is reminding area residents that there is typically a 21% decrease in blood donations during a holiday period. The organization wants to remind us that patients depend on the generosity of area communities for blood and platelet supplies. As donations decline, hospitals can face supply shortages and are challenged to meet the needs of those in hospital care. The Red Cross is encouraging community members to donate through out the month of July. As a thank you to community members to donate, the red Cross is offering, while supplies last, an exclusive, recycled cotton Red Cross tote bag.

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If you would like to set an appointment to donate blood you can download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, go to RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.