ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Independence Day holiday will surely ignite many spectacular fireworks extravaganzas, and The American Red Cross is also counting on a spark of donors to boost the blood supply. All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. During the holiday week and throughout the summer donations tend to dip, but the need for blood is constant.

While all blood types are needed during the critical summer months, Rh negative  blood  types are always in high demand because they potentially can be transfused to patients with Rh positive or Rh negative blood types. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.

To show appreciation to those who help save lives near the upcoming Independence Day Holiday (June 27-July 6), all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives and blood donation centers in the North Central region will automatically be entered for a chance to win a portable Garmin GPS unit. This is a part of the Red Cross’ summer-long Good to Give, Good to Go promotion that features holiday-themed raffles and a chance for one lucky donor (21 years of age and older) in the Mid-America Blood Services Division to win a trip for four to Orlando, Fla.

How to donate blood.

Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals 17 years old must weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood and be in generally good health. High school students and other donors 18 years of age or younger must also meet certain height and weight requirements.

Area Blood Donation Opportunities include:

July 6: Noon-6 p.m. AmericInn, 3009 Lakeshore Drive East, Ashland.

July 7: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fire Hall, 270 Big Bay Road, La Pointe.

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