Summer is a time for the days that never end - a time to watch fireworks, take a boat ride or have a picnic.
While many people are having fun making summer memories, hospital patients are counting on volunteer donors to make time to give blood so they can continue making their own memories.
Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each American Red Cross blood drive than what patients need, said Dawn Comer of the American Red Cross in Iron Mountain.
Around summer holidays, donations tend to drop even more, Comer said.
With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.
Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.
The Red Cross asks those eligible to help ensure an efficient supply of lifesaving blood is available this summer by making an appointment to donate.
Blood donors and recipients alike are also encouraged to share their summer stories at redcrossblood.org.
"The American Red Cross wants to highlight Sandy White this month for reaching donations of five gallons with 40 pints of blood," Comer said. "Her blood donations have the capabilities of reaching out to 120 patients."
"We want to thank Sandy and all the blood donors for their continued support and welcome any new donors and challenge them to come out and give blood," she said. "Sandy is also an active member of the American Red Cross Community Council."
The next American Red Cross community blood drive opportunity will be held on from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the First Presbyterian Church, 395 Hamilton Ave., in Kingsford.
Blood drives will also be held Thursday, Aug. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at Bay College West, 2801 N. U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain; and Thursday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Beecher Town Hall, W7971 County Road Z in Pembine, Wis.
To donate, call 1-800-733-2767 (RED CROSS) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Walk-ins are welcome as well.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 year of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood.
For more information, visit www.redcross.org.