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Blood shortage critical on Fourth

July 4, 2005

Albany -- Many South Georgians used the Fourth of July holiday to donate blood. The American Red Cross says there is an urgent need for all blood types.

Several people, like Frank Philmon and his wife, donated platelets on this holiday. To draw more donors, the Red Cross was giving away apple pies and T-shirts with each gift of blood, along with entering donors in drawings for Braves tickets.

Even though blood donations fall off in the summer, the need for blood goes up. Cecilia Johnson of the American Red Cross said "People drinking that are not supposed to be. Things like that happen during holidays. And that does impact the blood supply tremendously."

Red Cross officials say they anticipate an emergency appeal for more blood donors being declared Tuesday, because of the severity of the summer shortage.

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