Area blood banks need your blood.
Fewer people donate during the summer, though the need is constant all year long.
The Northwoods Community Blood Center held a drive at St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander Tuesday.
According to Donor Recruitment Specialist Jan Hadsell one donation can save several lives, and even help cancer patients.
"Quite a few patients on chemo need platelets," she said.
She says if you have one car accident, it can take 20 units of blood just to get you stabilized.
New this year, 16-year-olds are allowed to donate with parental permission.
All the blood donated to the Community Blood Center stays in the northwoods.
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