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As the Independence Day holiday approaches—known as much for firearm and recreational sporting injuries as for the camping and partying over the long holiday weekend—the Red Cross is warning that the blood supply in Southern California is critically low. This is a warning we've all heard before, but for some blood types (such as O-, O+ and B+), there is not enough blood in reserve to last the rest of the day, and perhaps not even through the evening. The Southern California Red Cross lists their current blood supply as follows:

2.5% of O+
0.4% of O-
3.8% of A+
3.7% of A-
1.9% of B+
8.1% of B-
15.2% of AB+
8.1% of AB-

So, whether or not you plan to do something for your country for July 4th, we'd like to suggest that you do something for your fellow Americans and give blood. You may black out, you may turn white (or green), you may feel a little woozy, but you'll be giving someone else the chance to enjoy the fireworks this weekend.

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To do your part to ensure the supply of life-saving liquid before you skip town this weekend, make an appointment to show up at one of the mobile blood drives listed below, or visit givelife.org to find a blood drive near you.