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Red Cross asks for donations during National Volunteer Month

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - April is National Volunteer Month and the American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give blood and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.

The Red Cross said volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions.

The Red Cross said donors of all blood types - especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative - are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities