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Red Cross asks area residents to donate blood over July 4 holiday

Commemorative Red Cross T-shirts available to presenting donors

BALTIMORE (June 26, 2014) – The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Steve Mavica, spokesman for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

District of Columbia

7/10/2014, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

7/13/2014, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church

1357 East Capitol St, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Montgomery County

6/30/2014, 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

6/30/2014, 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Chateau, 9727 Mt Pisgah Road, Silver Spring, MD 20903

7/1/2014, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Medstar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney, MD 20832

7/1/2014, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Riderwood Montgomery Station, 3120 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904

7/1/2014, 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

7/2/2014, 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Road , Derwood, MD 20855

7/2/2014, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Montgomery County Police Dept HQ, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

7/2/2014, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Montgomery County Police Dept HQ, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

7/4/2014, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Shops at Wisconsin Place, 4412 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

7/4/2014, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Trinity United Methodist Church-Germantown, 13700 Schaeffer Road, Germantown, MD 20874

7/4/2014, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

7/7/2014, 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902

7/9/2014, 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

7/12/2014, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 11900 Darnestown Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

7/15/2014, 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Prince Georges County

6/30/2014, 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Greenbelt American Legion Post 136, 6900 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770

7/1/2014, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bowie City Gymnasium, 4100 Northview Drive, Bowie, MD 20716

7/8/2014, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Prince Georges County Human Resources, 1400 McCormick Drive, Largo, MD 20774

7/10/2014, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Fortis College, 4351 Garden City Drive, Ardmore, MD 20785

7/11/2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Prince George's Hospital Center & Suburban Lions Club

3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785

7/12/2014, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr , Bowie, MD 20716

Alexandria City

7/1/2014, 2:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314

7/2/2014, 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Baileys Crossing- Berringer-Harvard Residential, 3602 S 14th St, Alexandria, VA 22302

7/3/2014, 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314

7/8/2014, 2:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Arlington County

7/15/2014, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ENGILITY, 950 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

Fairfax County

6/30/2014, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

American Real Estate Partners, 2350 Corporate Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20171

7/3/2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Spring Hill Rec Center, 1239 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102

7/6/2014, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon, VA 20170

7/8/2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Akamai Technologies, 11111 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, VA 20190

7/10/2014, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA 20192

7/11/2014, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

YMCA Reston, 12196 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston, VA 20190

7/12/2014, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Kinder Care, 6025 Burke Commons Rd, Burke, VA 22015

7/14/2014, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant, 9399 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079

7/15/2014, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

FM Global, 2100 Reston Parkway, Suite 600, Reston, VA 20191

Fairfax City

7/7/2014, 2:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

7/11/2014, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Massey Building, 4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

7/15/2014, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Three Flint Hill - First Potomac Realty Trust, 3201 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Loudoun County

7/3/2014, 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Giant Ryan Park Plaza, 43670 Greenway Corporate Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147

7/3/2014, 2:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Loudoun Valley II HOA, 43100 Barnstead Dr., Ashburn, VA 20148

7/7/2014, 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Village at Leesburg, 1603 Village Market Blvd, Leesburg, VA 20175

7/8/2014, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ashburn Farm Association, 21400 Windmill Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147

7/12/2014, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Wolf Furniture, 131 Fort Evans Rd. NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

7/15/2014, 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Sterling Safety Center, 46700 Middlefield Dr, Sterling, VA 20165

Manassas City

7/8/2014, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20110

Prince William County

7/5/2014, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Manassas Mall, 8300 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20109

7/7/2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Novant Health - Haymarket Medical Ctr, 15225 Healthcoat Blvd, Haymarket, VA 20169

7/9/2014, 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, VA 22191

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.