Red Cross issues emergency appeal for blood

Red Cross collections technician Sarah Marquez inserts a
needle into Everett Hinton's arm during a blood drive at First
Congregational Church Thursday in Hastings. The Red Cross
is currently down on donations.

Randy Jones has donated more than 16 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross in his lifetime and has maintained a regular blood donation schedule for almost 30 years.

Two weeks ago, however, Jones took a trip to Las Vegas and missed his normal donation appointment, which he says is a common reason that blood drives see low numbers during the summer months.

"Vacations are a common woe for drives in the summer," Jones said. "But I came back a week and a half after I was scheduled to give."
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