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Blood shortages not unusual in summer

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Updated: 7/16/2013 6:49 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blood donor Jeffrey Geloneck knows just how important it is to donate in the summer.

“My mother died from cancer and I was also donating for her later on in my life and we were going through that in a period of summer," Geloneck said.

"I was told there was a shortage of the things she needed at the time," Geloneck said.

Summer is a period when donations are always very low.

In one blood bank, you can see the need, where there is one container in storage rather than full shelves.

“Summer is typically our slowest months for people to come in because they’re off their regular routines. They’re out having a vacation, they're  barbecuing, they're having fun," siad Blood Alliance spokesperson Odette Struys.

Struys says right now -- this time of year -- demand increases.

“During the summer, people take elective surgeries and more accidents tend to happen,” Struys said

Struys says they need 360 people to donate a day, just to meet the growing demands at local hospitals.

She says if something really bad were to happen today that required a lot of blood, the center wouldn’t have enough to give.

"We need the blood on our shelves before a catastrophe occurs." Struys said.

She says an hour out of your day could re-stock the blood bank and save three people’s lives.

“I’d donate every day if I could,” Geloneck said.
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