The American Red Cross needs more blood.
Donations were down about 10 percent in June, in part because high school and college campuses closed for summer break, said Red Cross spokeswoman April Oppliger.
About 20 percent of the Red Cross' blood donations are made on campuses during the school year, she said. Donations from these locations drop more than 80 percent during summer vacation.
A midweek Fourth of July holiday further cut into donations by making it difficult to schedule corporate blood drives, Oppliger said.
The Red Cross provides 40 percent of the blood used at 3,000 hospitals nationwide. To keep up with demand, Oppliger said, the Red Cross needs 500 blood donations daily from the Midwest region that serves Nebraska and western Iowa.
To set up a donation, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org.