The American Red Cross and KICK-FM are partnering together to host a Summer Blood Drive to help ensure hospital patients have the blood products they need this summer.

Summer is a crucial time of year since blood donations tend to decline as schools are out of session and families are out enjoying vacations. But cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and many others can’t take a summer break from needing potentially lifesaving blood transfusions.

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“The Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to roll up a sleeve at the KICK-FM Summer Blood Drive to help prevent a seasonal shortage,” said Ben Corey, external communications manager, Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Donating blood on July 31 will help ensure hospital patients have the chance to spend more summers with loved ones.”

KICK-FM will broadcast live at the blood drive from from 10:00 am until 12:00 p.m. on July 31. The blood drive will last from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Quincy Blood Donation Center, 3000 North 23rd Street in Quincy. All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Other prizes will be given away as well. To make an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code “KICK-FM”).

Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available this summer. KICK-in a pint of blood for patients in need by donating at the Quincy Blood Donation Center on July 31.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit the Red Cross online, or visit the Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCross.