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Blood drive aims to ease summer shortage

Part of American Red Cross' "Missing Types" campaign

Posted: Jul. 20, 2018 8:16 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Blood donations are in high demand with the American Red Cross issuing an emergency call for blood, and a drive in Mason City Friday aimed to ease that summer shortage.

John Hildahl is just one of the people who came to donate blood at HyVee West. The American Red Cross says donations have come up short for the past two months, causing a significant drop in the supply.

Hildahl says while he doesn't find the process of donating to be pleasant, he feels it's important to help others.

"I enjoy it very much. I don't enjoy the actual process, but I enjoy the idea of helping the people out, especially considering that there's quite a bit of blood that they need every day."

He has a message for those who have not either given blood or may be afraid of the procedure.

"It's a very, very small prick. It's very short, and as they say, you can look away if need be when they put the needle in, so that helps quite a bit if you don't like the sight of it."

This year, the American Red Cross started a movement called "Missing Type", referring to type O, which is the most in-demand type and often the first to be depleted from hospitals.

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