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Blood centers call for summertime donations

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One donation can help save up to three lives. One donation can help save up to three lives.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

For many, summer means vacations and a much-needed scheduling change. But along with the break comes a shortage of blood at area hospitals.

During the summer months, blood donations decrease significantly, and the shortage can reach critical levels. As donations decline, the need for blood goes up.

One reason for the increase is that more people on the highways can lead to more accidents. Experts said one out of every seven patients that enter the hospital is going to need a blood product of some kind.

"Right here in Alabama, within a minute, a gallon of blood is used in our hospitals," said Melinda Hines with LifeSouth. "It's pretty amazing, and you know, we can do something about it."

Officials said you are all it takes to make a difference. One blood donation can save up to three lives.

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