The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Even after many donors stepped forward to give following an urgent call issued in late July, the Red Cross is asking donors to consider giving as the Labor Day weekend approaches.

Donors with types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative blood are especially needed. Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting soon and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.

To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who donate blood Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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