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High school and college blood drives account for 20% of the donations received by the American Red Cross, which explains the seasonal shortage each summer as schools are out of session and people go on vacations. American Red Cross Nashville's Regina Conway joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about all the blood donation opportunities in our region this month, and offers some reassuring advice for those squeamish of needles.

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UPDATE: Nearly 300 Red Cross blood drives have already been canceled due to the storm, and more cancelations are expected. This represents a loss of as many as 10,500 blood and platelet products.

The American Red Cross is asking people to give blood to help meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Paducah Area Red Cross Executive Director Jessica Toren says close to 100 Red Cross blood drives in the northeast are cancelled due to the storm. Toren says that number will likely increase as the week goes on.