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Our View: Blood supply in critical need in August

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Rocky Mount Telegram

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The dog days of sum­mer take a toll on us in more ways than you might think.

As folks look for a com­fort­able chair in an air-con­di­tioned room, they don’t al­ways think about the needs of oth­ers. But the Amer­i­can Red Cross is in crit­i­cal need of blood donors.

Giv­ing blood in July and Au­gust can mean a big dif­fer­ence for hos­pi­tal pa­tients ea­ger to re­turn home to their fam­i­lies. It also can be a life­saver at a time when blood sup­plies tra­di­tion­ally run lower than nor­mal.

To en­cour­age donors, the Amer­i­can Red Cross will mail $5 Tar­get gift cards to any­one who do­nates blood be­tween now and Aug. 31.

For a list of upcoming blood donation oppottunities in the Twin Counties, check the Life page in the Rocky Mount Telegram each Tuesday. We print a list of times and locations weekly.

Giving blood takes very little time but provides so much for the recipient. As summer winds down and we start preparing for school and fall activities, take a few minutes to offer something to someone whose health isn’t as strong as yours.

You’ll pick up a gift card if you do. And you’ll be of­fer­ing a pre­cious gift to some­one in crit­i­cal need.

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