LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The American Red Cross wants you to give the gift of life this summer.
The Red Cross is asking blood donors to head off a summer shortage by rolling up their sleeves around the July 4 holiday.
Blood and platelet donations are in danger of falling below needed levels in the middle of summer.
Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment, especially with those with O negative, B negative and A Negative blood types.
The Red Cross needs 15,000 donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country.
To encourage more people to donate blood before and after July 4, all blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross t-shirt while supplies last.
Call 1-800-Red-Cross to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.