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Give the gift of life on Labor Day

To encourage donations during Labor Day weekend, those who come to donate from Sept. 5-7 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. (Photo source: American Red Cross) To encourage donations during Labor Day weekend, those who come to donate from Sept. 5-7 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. (Photo source: American Red Cross)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

The American Red Cross is looking for people who want to end summer on a giving note — the gift of life. 

In early August, the Red Cross issued an urgent call for blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood to donate to help avert an emergency situation. Thousands of people have answered the call to donate in recent weeks, but blood and platelet donors are still needed to help ensure blood products are available to meet hospital patient needs.

"The Red Cross appreciates all those who have made it a priority to give this summer. Between back-to-school planning and end-of-summer activities, this time of year can be an especially difficult time to collect blood," said Mario Sedlock, Donor Recruitment Director for the Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Region. "The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this Labor Day weekend."

Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are urged to give. Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed. To encourage donations during Labor Day weekend, those who come to donate from Sept. 5-7 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Two blood drives are being held in Sou Mississippi on Monday, Sept. 7: 
 
Walmart, 11228 Old Highway 63 South, Lucedale, MS
2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 
1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days and platelets can be given every seven days – up to 24 times a year. To make an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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