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End of summer has blood centers looking for donors

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IOWA CITY — As summer is winding down, blood centers in Eastern Iowa are looking for donors.

One of them is the DeGowin Blood Center in Iowa City.

DeGowin collects blood for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Children’s Hospital.

They are in need of platelets as well as O negative and O positive blood types, but all blood types are encouraged to donate.

The blood drive coordinator said it is typical to see shortages throughout summer months.

“That need kind of comes from the end of the summer, beginning of school, we’re not really on everybody’s top of their priority list right now to come in and donate,” Heather Roman, DeGowin Blood Drive Coordinator said. “We need donors today, tomorrow, next week, next month to fill our schedule.”

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and the American Red Cross are experiencing shortages as well.

You can schedule appointment times to donate by visiting DeGowin Blood Center’s website, The American Red Cross, or The Mississippi Regional Blood Center.