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Summer season slows blood donations

The lack of students in school and people on vacation mean fewer donors

11:37 PM, Jul. 6, 2013
Renee Davis of Rosholt, donates blood while waiting on her daughter to join her Friday at the American Red Cross donation center in Stevens Point. American Red Cross blood collection specialist Ashley Bannach said donors have been few and far between this summer.
Renee Davis of Rosholt, donates blood while waiting on her daughter to join her Friday at the American Red Cross donation center in Stevens Point. American Red Cross blood collection specialist Ashley Bannach said donors have been few and far between this summer.
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Students and families traveling on summer vacation are enjoying the much-needed time off, but for the American Red Cross, that means fewer donors.

The month of July is one of the worst for blood banks, which see a huge drop in donors because of the amount of midweek holidays and vacations.

The American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye division, which serves Wisconsin, upper Michigan, eastern Iowa and parts of Illinois, is reaching out and asking for more blood donors. Division communications program manager Bobbi Snethen said they especially need O negative, A negative and B negative blood types. ...

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