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Communities encouraged to donate on World Red Cross day

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According to the American Red Cross less than 36 percent of the nation is able to donate blood.

Wednesday is World Red Cross Day. Officials with the American Red Cross say the number one reason someone doesn't donate is because they were never asked to donate.

The Red Cross encourages communities to participate Wednesday by donating blood as the need is consistent.

"Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood so to think of that it's an astounding number of people who need blood to help create memories. You know, live a life that they want to," said Whitney Joachim, Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative.

If people would like a chance to donate blood they are encouraged to go to the Red Cross donation center on University Avenue in Waterloo from one to six.

There will also be a blood drive held from 2:30 to 6:30 at Dunkerton High School on Canfield Road.

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