The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for people to donate blood following the Fourth of July holiday.

The Red Cross says in a statement Monday it's facing an emergency blood shortage because donations lagged during the holiday week.
The organization is seeking donors of all types, especially type O, which is the most in-demand blood type and the one that's often depleted from hospital supplies in a shortage.

Locally, there are blood drives this Friday in Quincy at the Harrison Hy-Vee from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and at the Blood Donation Center on North 23rd Street Tuesday until 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in Hannibal at the Knights of Columbus Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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