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June 24, 2013

Celebrate Fourth of July by giving blood

Donors can win $3,000 gift cards

CUMBERLAND —  While Independence Day will surely ignite many fireworks displays, the American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to spark the nation’s blood supply.

The need for blood is constant, especially around the summer holidays, when eligible donors have even less time in their busy schedules to give.

As part of the Red Cross Summer of Stories campaign to increase donations when they historically drop, all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives across the country from July 1 through 15 could win one of five $3,000 American Express gift cards. Donors are also encouraged to visit to share their summer blood donation stories and watch videos of patients whose lives were touched by donors.

Those who come in to donate blood or platelets through the local Red Cross from July 1 through 7 will receive a Red Cross ball cap, while supplies last.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities that are open to the public are listed below.

July 1

Cumberland, noon to 6 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 400 Cumberland St. and Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall.

July 2

Keyser, noon to 6 p.m., Keyser Presbyterian Church.

July 3

Hyndman, Pa., noon to 6 p.m., Hyndman First United Methodist Church.

Somerset, Pa.,  8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Somerset Area High School.

July 5

Oakland, noon to 6 p.m., American Legion.

 July 8

Shanksville, Pa., 1 to 7 p.m., Shanksville Stonycreek High School.

 July 9

Champion, Pa., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

 July 10

Petersburg, W.Va., 1 to 7 p.m., Petersburg Elementary School.

 July 11

Flintstone, noon to 6 p.m., Flintstone United Methodist Church and Moorefield, W.Va., Church of the Brethren.

 July 12

Petersburg, W.Va., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grant Memorial Hospital and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Luke Community Building.

 July 15

Cumberland, noon to 6 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 400 Cumberland St.; Needmore Bible Church; and 1 to 7 p.m., Paw Paw Fire Hall

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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