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2010-07-09 / General Stories

Dog Days of Summer Are Here

The sun is beating down on us, the thermometer is stuck at 90 degrees and there’s not a breath of fresh air. The dog days of summer are here!

Ancient astronomers in Mediterranean countries came up with the phrase “dog days” for the hottest period of the summer. The dog days arrive around July 4 and are here to stay through August 11. This conjunction happened to coincide with the worst days of summer, when folks were especially plagued by disease and discomfort. The blood supply typically teeters at low levels during the summer months due to travel schedules and the closure of schools and colleges—the source of 20 percent of blood donations.

To that end, we want you to know the air conditioning is on at American Red Cross blood donation drives throughout the region. So make plans to escape the heat donating blood!

Locally, you may give blood on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church located at the corner of 2nd and N. Rockdale Street in Lexington.

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