The American Red Cross is asking you to donate blood as we head into the summer months. The organization says only about 3% of the U.S. population gives blood, meaning repeat donors are carrying the bulk of the load. During this time of year, people do not donate blood as often, according to Red Cross spokesman, Joe Zydlo. Vacations and other summer activities often take precedence over donating blood, and Zydlo says the drop-off really ramps up around Memorial Day and heading into June.
If you want to donate blood, you can find information on where and how to do so at this story at www.RedCross.org, or you can download a free Red Cross app from you mobile app store. The app uses your location to allow you to find the nearest donation center near you.