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Red Cross fears summer slowdown in blood donations could lead to shortages

The Red Cross is urging blood donors to give to prevent a blood shortage this summer.  To help people donate, it's expanding its hours at blood donation centers.

Traditionally, blood donations show down over the summer months.  The Red Cross is concerned that could lead to shortages.

Yenshen Hsueh, CEO of the local River Valley Blood Services Region says, "It is important that eligible blood donors find the time to donate blood during the summer months.  It only takes about an hour and the pint of blood you give is lifesaving.  The need for blood never takes a vacation."

Donors at the downtown Louisville and Hubbards Lane centers will be entered into a drawing for a chance to receive a $100 gas card giveaway.  That drawing will be July 31st.

Expanded Hours and Added Blood Donation Opportunities:

Downtown Donation Center: 520 E. Chestnut St., Louisville, Ky.

Wednesday: July 23 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday: July 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: July 25 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: July 26 from7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday: July 27 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday: July 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday: July 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday: July 30 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday: July 31 from 10 a. m. to 7 p. m.

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