(UNDATED) - With summer right around the corner, many people are now planning their summer activities and vacations. After all, summer is a time to create lifelong memories.
When eligible donors give blood with the American Red Cross, they can also give others time to make their own memories -- watching fireworks, having a picnic, sleeping under the stars, taking a dip or rooting for the home team.
Blood donations often decline during the summer, when schools are out and vacations are in.
The Red Cross encourages donors to make an appointment to give now to help ensure a stable supply in the weeks and months ahead, giving patients a chance to create a summer of stories.
Donors who present to give blood between May 23 and 31 in honor of Memorial Day could
win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards to create their own summer of stories.
In addition, their donations will honor those who gave their life for our country and support those in need of care. The Red Cross serves about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including many Veterans Affairs medical centers.
Learn more and make an appointment to donate blood by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
5/17/2013, 10 am- 5 pm, Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Dr., Columbus
5/20/2013, 2 pm - 6 pm, Hope Moravian Church, 202 Main Street, Hope
5/24/2013, 10 am - 5 pm, Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Dr., Columbus
5/31/2013, 10 am - 5 pm, Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Dr., Columbus
5/29/2013, 2 pm - 7 pm, Cincinnati Christian Church, RR 4 box 386, Bloomfield
5/21/2013, 3 pm - 7 pm, MedTech, 1500 American Way, Greenwood
5/29/2013, 9 am - 2 pm, Camp Atterbury, Community Center, Edinburgh
5/16/2013, 2 pm - 7 pm, Knights of Columbus, 2202 M Street, Bedford
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