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The Red Cross held its largest blood drive in the Green Bay area on Thursday, the 28th Annual Super Donor Day.
The drive, taking place at Shopko Hall, is an effort to boost supplies since donations drop off during the summer.
Paul Reynolds of Green Bay is giving is 70th blood donation.
"I found out that my blood is used all over because I'm O negative, so that's why I do it," Reynolds said.
He's one of the many donors giving blood that goes to help trauma victims and cancer patients in our area.
Each pint of blood can save up to three lives.
"Just doing a deed that can help others can make you feel good, but more so that donation can really go a long way for someone in need," explained Brian Gomez, a communications manager at the American Red Cross.
The goal at the Super Donor Day Blood Drive is to get 400 pints of blood donated, but also to raise awareness about the increased need for blood donations during the rest of the summer months.
"Our statistics show that June, July and August two fewer people donate at every Red Cross blood drive across the country. Those donations can actually add up to about 100,000 fewer units than in the other nine months of the year," added Gomez.
The Red Cross says someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds, so it needs to collect 15,000 pints across the country each day to keep up with the need.
"It's mind boggling the amount of blood we need because it's perishable. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days. So, that supply has to constantly be replenished," Gomez explained.
Veteran blood donors say it's an easy process.
"Now, it's no big deal. You come in, go through the steps, read your information. You give your blood. It doesn't take very long and you've helped someone," said donor Mary Hughes of Pulaksi.
Friday, July 25 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:15:31 GMT
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