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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (American Red Cross) - While Independence Day will surely ignite many fireworks extravaganzas, the American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to spark the nation's blood supply. The need for blood is constant, especially around the summer holidays, when eligible donors have even less time in their busy schedules to give.

As part of the Red Cross Summer of Stories campaign to increase donations when they historically drop, all presenting donors between July 1 and 15 could win one of five $3,000 American Express gift cards. Donors are also encouraged to visit redcrossblood.org/summer to share their summer blood donation stories and watch videos of patients whose lives were touched by donors.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Clark County
July 15 from 1-6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 107 N. Ninth in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Faulkner County
July 1 from 3-7 p.m. at Walgreens, 850 Oak St. in Conway, Ark.
July 2 from 3-8 p.m. at Conway Regional Auditorium, 2302 College Ave. in Conway, Ark.
July 5 from 1-5 p.m. at Walmart, 1155 Highway 65 North in Conway, Ark.
July 11 from 3-7 p.m. at Greenbrier Event Center, 5 Lois Lane in Greenbrier, Ark.
July 12 from 5-9 p.m. at Greenbrier Church of the Nazarene, 64 N. Broadview in Greenbrier, Ark.
July 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hurley Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 813 Oak St. in Conway, Ark.
July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Army National Guard, 300 Exchange in Conway, Ark.
July 15 from 3-7 p.m. at Walgreens, 850 Oak St. in Conway, Ark.
July 15 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Price Cutter, 380 Harkrider St. in Conway, Ark.

Garland County
July 9 from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Village United Methodist Church, 200 Carmona Road in Hot Springs Village, Ark.

Jefferson County
July 1 from 1-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1610 W. 42nd St. in Pine Bluff, Ark.
July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Simmons First National Bank, 501 Main St. in Pine Bluff, Ark.
July 15 from 1-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1610 W. 42nd St. in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Lincoln County
July 9 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 200 W. Wiley in Star City, Ark.

Lonoke County
July 2 from 12-4 p.m. at Walmart, 304 S. Rockwood in Cabot, Ark.

Pope County
July 1 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.
July 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pope County Courthouse, 100 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Pulaski County
July 1 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.
July 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 5 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.
July 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Metro Medical Center Education Building, 1400 Braden Road in Jacksonville, Ark.
July 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.
July 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arkansas Disability Association, 701 Pulaski in Little Rock, Ark.
July 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arkansas Heart Hospital, 1701 S. Shackleford Road in Little Rock, Ark.
July 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Schools, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock, Ark.
July 11 from 2-7 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6110 TP White Drive in Jacksonville, Ark.
July 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham in Little Rock, Ark.
July 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Schools, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock, Ark.
July 11 from 12-4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Argenta, 201 W. Fourth St. in North Little Rock, Ark.
July 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham in Little Rock, Ark.
July 12 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.
July 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Statehouse Convention Center, 1 Statehouse Plaza in Little Rock, Ark.
July 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wyndham Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place in North Little Rock, Ark.
July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
July 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Saline County
July 2 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 400 Bryant Ave. in Bryant, Ark.
July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton, Ark.
July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mabel Boswell Memorial Library, 201 Prickett Road in Bryant, Ark.
July 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart, 17309 Interstate 30 West in Benton, Ark.
July 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Department of Human Services, 1603 Edison in Benton, Ark.

St. Francis County
July 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mid-South Health Systems, 4451 N. Washington in Forrest City, Ark.

White County
July 2 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy, Ark.
July 5 from 1-5 p.m. at Big Lots, 103 N. Popular St. in Searcy, Ark.
July 5 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy, Ark.
July 9 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy, Ark.
July 12 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy, Ark.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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