Need for blood never takes a holiday

During the summer, blood donations typically drop off dramatically as donors go on vacation and schools close. But the need for blood never takes a holiday.

The American Red Cross urges people to donate blood or platelets and save lives this summer.

Patients in Montana hospitals served by the Red Cross depend on community blood donations every day.

Every day, the Red Cross collects 50 pints of blood for patients in our local hospitals.

Regular blood donations from people in our communities are critical to our ability to provide a steady and ample supply of blood for those who depend on its life-saving benefits.

Any healthy person age 18 or older and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. A valid identification is required for all blood donations.

You may make an appointment by calling The American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS. Drop-ins are also welcome.