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Red Cross sets blood drives to alleviate shortage

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, as fewer donations than expected were given in the first half of summer. Every day donations come up short, less potentially lifesaving blood is available for patients in need.

Type O negative blood is universal and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to both Rh positive or negative patients. Blood products can be used for cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more.

Hospital patients are counting on generous volunteer donors to step up and give now to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available all summer long. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information and to make an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities are:

Pulaski County

Aug. 2 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock.

Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock.

Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, 3333 Springhill Drive in North Little Rock.

Aug. 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, 3333 Springhill Drive in North Little Rock.

Aug. 7 from 12-4 p.m. at St. Vincent Medical Center, 2215 Wildwood Ave. in Sherwood.

Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pathfinder Inc., 2520 W. Main in Jacksonville.

Aug. 9 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock.

Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock.

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