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American Red Cross in need of blood donations

The American Red Cross is urging local residents to donate blood to help patients experiencing a traumatic injury or other serious medical conditions requiring a transfusion.

May is Trauma Awareness Month, and while the service organization is looking for donors of all blood types, it's especially needing universal type O negative and AB donors, according to Red Cross officials. The organization notes that about 41 million emergency room visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions are trauma related.

"In trauma situations, when there's no time to check a patient's blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma," said Jan Hale, Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region communications manager in a statement.

Donors that give by May 14 are eligible for a $1,000 GiftCertificates.com gift card.

Blood drives are scheduled in Denton County on the following dates:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday — CustomInk, 1600 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 200, Flower Mound.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 7 — First Christian Church of Lewisville, 880 Fox Ave.

1 to 7 p.m. May 8 — First Baptist Church, 1901 Timber Creek Road, Flower Mound.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 — Nebraska Furniture Mart, 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Drive, The Colony.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 — Lowe's, 1051 Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville;

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 — St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St., Denton.

Noon to 6 p.m. May 25 — La Petite Academy, 5900 Paige Road, The Colony.

To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.