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Blood drives planned in Great Bend, Rozel
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WICHITA — With summer right around the corner, the American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make giving blood as much a part of their summer plans as barbecues, ball games and road trips. Donors of all blood types are needed.
“Blood donations often decline during the summer when schools are out of session and families are vacationing,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO, Central Plains Blood Services Region. “But the need for blood is constant. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment now to roll up a sleeve and give patients a chance for hope this summer and throughout the year.”
To help kick off summer, those who present to give blood between May 24 and 26 will receive a Red Cross cooling towel while supplies last.
The Red Cross provides blood to approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
Each day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at these facilities.
 Learn more and make an appointment to donate blood by visiting or calling
1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Great Bend — May 19, 11:15 a.m. to  6:30 p.m., St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave.
Rozel — May 27, 11:45 a.m. to  3  p.m., Rozel Christian Fellowship, N. Smith St.