Bloody help! Red Cross needs summer donations!

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The Red Cross is holding a number of blood drives in the Richmond- metro area.

Blood donations tend to slow down this time of year with people out of town on vacation, especially when it comes to college students, who make up a big portion of blood donors.

The blood goes toward hospitals treating all sorts of patients, from people with traumatic injuries to people undergoing cancer treatment.

You can find a blood drive near you at redcrossblood.org.

If you donate blood between July 2 and July 6, you can receive a Red Cross embroidered baseball hat while supplies last.