Blood drive held in Rome to encourage summer donations

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A "Communities that Care" blood drive was held at the YMCA in Rome, Tuesday.
The event was an attempt to get more people to donate blood to the American Red Cross, as the organization said that during the summer months, two fewer donors give blood at every drive on average.
The Red Cross said that a lot of people are on vacation, and research that shows they're not thinking about helping out in this way, this time of year.
"Every day we need to collect 1,200 units across the state to help people in the hospital," said Red Cross Communications Manager, Cara Noble. "These are  moms that have given birth, these are cancer patients going through chemo therapy, trauma.
"Think about all the people in the hospital who need blood."

Tuesday's drive has ended, but you can make an appointment to donate blood at another time by heading to our "Newslinks" page and selecting the American Red Cross link.  

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