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Red Cross Blood Centers Will Be Open Labor Day

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — The Red Cross is asking peopleto donate blood over 0the Labor Day Weekend. Donations are needed tooffsettraditional end-of-summer blood shortages.

Raleigh, Cary and Durham Blood Centers will be open on Labor Day, Sept.1, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each donor who gives between August 29 and Sept.1 will receive a free Red Cross insulated lunch cooler.

All blood types are needed. More than 1500 healthy blood donors areneeded every day in this area to meet the needs.

People 17 or older, who weigh more than 110 pounds and are in goodhealth are eligible to give blood every 56 days. The actual blood drawingtakes from seven to 10 minutes, although the process from registrationthrough the final cookie or orange juice takes about an hour.

Summer months are a very challenging time for blood collection.Vacations and other events distract people from getting to the blood bank.The need continues, however, for use during operations as well as forchemotherapy patients and premature babies.

The Red Cross site for Durham is 3747 University Drive; for Raleighit's 100 Peartree Lane; and for Cary it is 305-A Ashville Ave.

Thursday, Aug. 28 a drive will also be held in Dunn at Divine UnitedMethodist Church from 2:30 to 7.

That same day a blood drive will be staged at N.C. State University inBurgaw Dorm from 1 to 5:30.

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