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MERRILLVILLE | The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

Upcoming Lake and Jasper county blood drives:

10 a.m. to noon today, O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1111 N. Main St., Crown Point

2 to 5 p.m. today, State Farm Insurance, 216 Main St., Hobart

2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Cabela's, 7700 Cabela Drive, Hammond

1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Wheatfield Library, 350 S. Bierma St.

The Merrillville Donor Center at 791 E. 83rd Ave. is open from noon to 5 p.m. every Monday and from 8 a.m. until noon the first and third Saturday of each month.

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