American Red Cross sponsoring SC blood drives

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The American Red Cross is encouraging people around South Carolina to donate blood this summer.

Starting Thursday, the Red Cross and Suburban Propane are teaming up for a monthlong "Fuel Your Community" campaign. The effort is aimed at increasing awareness among Suburban Propane employees and customers about the need for blood donations.

Throughout the month of June, Suburban Propane volunteers are helping put on more than 30 blood drives throughout South Carolina.

Officials say that summer blood drives often attract fewer regular donors because of scheduled travel and other activities.

All June donors will be eligible to win a $200 gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane.

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