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Red Cross needs holiday blood

July 3, 2006

Moultrie -- The American Red Cross partnered with the Moultrie Fire Department today to increase the blood supply.  

Holidays including the Fourth of July are a critical time for blood donations. Donations often drop off around holidays when they're needed the most.

Monday, the Red Cross held a blood drive at Fire Station number three in Moultrie. It was one last attempt to raise the level of critical blood types before the Fourth.  

"The O negatives are very crucial at this time," said R.N. Karen Morgan of the American Red Cross. "Those are he ones that can be used in the hospital when trauma victims do come in and they don't need the time to type and cross the match the blood so there's always a critical need for O negative around the holidays."  

One donation can help as many as three people. The American Red Cross Donation Centers in Albany and Valdosta will be open on tomorrow for those who want to donate.


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