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Give Blood: Shortages Critical During July 4th Holiday

The Blood Alliance, the only supplier of blood to dozens of area hospitals, is asking for the public's help.

"United We Care" blood drives are happening in Orange Park and St. Augustine on Saturday, June 22, to help build the community’s blood supply prior to the Fourth of July holiday. Organizers say critical shortages of several different blood types are driving the effort.

"It is vitally important to head into the holiday weekend with a robust supply, to ensure our local hospitals have blood available to treat patients in need, at a time when most people are busy with holiday activities," says spokeswoman Odette Struys.

Struys says all registered donors will be entered into a random drawing to win two Daytona Coke 400 race tickets scheduled for July 6, 2013, and other giveaways while supplies last.

United, We Care! blood drive details:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Location #1 (Orange Park): Orange Park Mall (food court entrance)

1910 Wells Road

Orange Park, FL 32073

Location #2 (St. Augustine): Publix at Cobblestone Shopping Center

125 Jenkins Street

St. Augustine, FL 32086

To make an appointment to donate visit

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.