DALLAS -- The American Red Cross is calling for emergency blood donations after a drop in donations in June and the first week of July.

Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster said donations were down 10 percent last month, likely due to high school and college students being released for the summer and family vacations. In all, there were about 50,000 fewer donations than expected.

They are asking for blood donations of all types, and are holding drives on the following days at these locations:

  • July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Data Center Systems, 1881 Valley View Lane in Dallas, Texas
  • July 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, 5816 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas
  • July 11 from 2-6:30 p.m. at Azle Memorial Library, 333 W. Main St. in Azle, Texas
  • July 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. in Dallas, Texas
  • July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tom Thumb Shopping Center B&B Furniture Consignment, 3100 Independence Parkway, Suite 201 in Plano, Texas
  • July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at GracePoint Church, 590 S. Denton Tap in Coppell, Texas
  • July 15 from 2-6 p.m. at Frisco Lakes Amenity Center, 7277 Frisco Lakes in Frisco, Texas

We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now, said CEO for the Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region Steve Nagle in a press release. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.

To learn more about donating blood, click here.

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