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Karen Robinson volunteered for the American Red Cross in high school because she was ineligible to donate blood, but this week the Chandler mom was proud to give blood to support her daughter’s friend, who has been affected by the summer shortage. (Photo by Amanda Slee/Cronkite News)

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Blood draw: American Red Cross issues urgent call for help during shortage

There were about 450 fewer blood drives last week because of the Fourth of July holiday, which resulted in 17,000 fewer donations than what’s needed for patients in a week.