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The Red Cross campaign "100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope." reminds everyone that this summer is about more than just fun in the sun.

What is the "100 Days of Summer" campaign?

· The Red Cross campaign "100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope." is a way to show our community that this summer is the time when they can give hope to those who are suffering.

· "100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope." will continue through September 1 to remind people that they can give hope this summer to hospital patients who need blood; families and individuals impacted by disaster or someone who is injured and needs help immediately.

How can people from the community take part in this "100 Days of Summer Campaign"?

· Donate Blood. The Red Cross sees about two fewer donors at every blood drive between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. The need for blood is constant, even during the summer.

People can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for more info or to make a donation appointment

All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors are encouraged to make and keep appointments to give this summer and to ask their family and friends to join them. Visit the Red Cross at redcrossblood.org , on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks; and use the #chooseyourday hashtag throughout the summer to read and share inspiring stories of hope.

· Donate to the Red Cross. People can also help those in need by making a financial donation this summer to help the Red Cross respond when disaster threatens.

Every eight minutes or about 200 times every day, the Red Cross responds to a disaster somewhere in this country.

Summer presents unique challenges and the Red Cross may be called on to respond to hurricanes, floods, wildfires and smaller emergencies such as home fires.

By making a financial donation people can make a difference and provide critical support to those in need.

· Take a Red Cross Class. Everyone can also take a Red Cross class this summer and be better prepared to help save lives throughout the entire year.

Classes such as First Aid and CPR are available to give everyone the information, skills and confidence to act in an emergency at home, in school and in the workplace.

Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org/take-a-class to see upcoming courses in your area.

The Red Cross also has a series of apps for mobile devices which people can download and have information at their fingertips for emergencies like tornadoes, hurricanes and floods.

You mentioned Red Cross classes; are there any classes in particular this summer that would be especially helpful?

· Water safety is especially important this summer, and the Red Cross is offering courses to help keep you and your children safe.

· In addition, the Red Cross is offering Babysitter's training this summer for pre-teens and teens to learn how to create their own babysitting business.

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