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Blood drive in Rome hopes to help with summer struggles

By ANNA MEILER

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Officials say blood banks often struggle to keep up with demand during the summer months.

On Tuesday, the Red Cross held a blood drive to help remedy the issue and urged people to support patients in the area who need their help.

"Donors are needed all year round, but summer months can be a bit challenging for donations. People have a lot of summer activities planned, high schools and colleges aren't in session, so if you haven't donated yet this year, it's a great time to start," said Maureen Wellman of the American Red Cross.

The mayor of Rome, Joseph Fusco, joined in the drive and donated blood. Wellman says they were thrilled with his participation and are grateful to everyone who came out. She says people who donate are making a big impact.

"Every two seconds, in fact, someone in the United States needs blood, so it's a really great way to give back and you know that, in just an hour of your time, you can have helped save up to three lives. So, it's a pretty profound impact you can have by donating blood," said Wellman.

If you want to help out, you can locate an American Red Cross donation center and schedule an appointment by clicking the following link.

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