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Blood supplies are low and the call has gone out, but there is never a bad time to give the life saving gift of blood. I missed an appointment a couple of months back, but will get in this week. It will take about a half an hour, but it is time well spent.

It's a great way to donate to an important cause and get the "Be Nice to Me- I Gave Blood Today" sticker that is as important for the person that got your blood as the "I Voted Today" sticker. I'm always proud of wearing both.

Other reasons for giving:

1. More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada.

2. 43,000 pints: amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.

3. Someone needs blood every two seconds.

4. Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.

5. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.

6. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Where you go to help: http://www.redcross.org/donate/give/

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