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Blood donations low during summer months

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Today the American Red Cross set up shop outside the City County building in Helena to take blood donations.

During the summer months, the Red Cross says blood donations tend to be lower compared to the rest of the year. Today's blood drive was part of the summer campaign, "100 days of summer, 100 days of hope."

"Every 27 minutes, somebody in Montana needs blood, and our goal as a state is to collect a minimum of 700 units or pints every single week," Donor recruitment representative Shari Hunter said. "When schools are out and families are on vacation, we do see a decline in blood donors. So, we do rely on our community business and organizations to sponsor blood drives especially in the summer months."

If you missed the blood drive today you can donate tomorrow at the East Helena Veterans of Foreign War post. Or visit the Helena Donors Center on Montana Avenue during business hours.