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The American Red Cross has issued an appeal for blood donors.

The Red Cross says donations are down by 8% over the last 11 weeks. That's about 80,000 fewer donations than what was expected.

Since the Independence Day holiday fell on a Friday, many blood drives were not held because people took vacations over the long weekend.

Opportunities to donate blood are coming soon. For more information, call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit The American Red Cross website.

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