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Do good and donate blood this summer

It's the dog days of summer and many are looking for a way to escape the heat. By making an appointment to donate blood through the American Red Cross, you can enjoy cool beverages and great treats while helping others.

"For many, school is just around the corner and vacation time is almost done, but there's still time to do some good this summer," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. "By donating blood, you can help patients across the country who need blood products every day."

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

•Monday, August 24 - noon to 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Street, Alexandria.

•Tuesday, August 25 - noon to 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Street, Alexandria.

To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

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