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Blood Donations Decline During Summer Months

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Summer is a time when schools out and people take their summer vacation. It's also a time when the need for blood donations increase. 

"We get 20% of our donors from the high school and colleges and when they're not in session we don't get those donors," says Scott Shanahan from the Great Falls American Red Cross.

Shanahan says currently they aren't on a blood shortage but the number of donations significantly decrease during the summer. Which is concerning because it only takes one bad accident to use most of the inventory.

"My father was in a car wreck and used 240 units of blood over a three month period," says Shanahan.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days and so the blood bank is always looking to fill their shelves. The blood donation process takes about 45 minutes. After filling out your health history, the donation itself takes about eight to ten minutes. A pint of blood later, it's then on deck to be used to save at least two lives.  The next bloodmobile will be stopping at Walmart on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 


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