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The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage.

Blood donations often decline in August as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up.

On average, during the summer months, about two fewer donors give blood at each drive than what is needed.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in York County are:

Dallastown: St. Joseph's Church, 251 E. Main St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.

Glen Rock: Emergency Medical Services, 59 Water St., 1-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Hanover: Greater Hanover Donation Site, 529 Carlisle St., 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 24 and 31, and Wednesday, Aug. 19 and 26; 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 and 29; and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Hanover: Calvary Assembly of God Worship Center, 95 Pumping Station Road, 2-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

Shrewsbury: SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Shrewsbury, 800 Bollinger Drive, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday.

Shrewsbury: YMCA, 100 Constitution Ave., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

Shrewsbury: Saubels, 65 E. Forrest Ave., noon-5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24.

Wrightsville: Wrightsville Presbyterian Church, 205 N. Second St., 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.

York: Grace Fellowship Church, 1405 Seven Valleys Road, 1-6:30 p.m. Monday.

York: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., 1-6:30 p.m. Monday.

York: Senior Life, 1500 Memory Lane Extended, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

York: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2935 Kingston Road, 1-6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

York: Reliance Fire Co. of West York, 1341 W. Market St., 1:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

York: American Red Cross, 724 S. George St., 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 22, and 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 and 31.

York: Graham Engineering, 1203 Eden Road, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

York: Penn State York, 1031 Edgecomb Road, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

York: YWCA, 320 E. Market St., 12:30-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

York: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2100 Hollywood Drive, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.

York: Cintas, 1111 Smile Way, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

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