Statehouse Workers Roll Up Their Sleeves To Save Lives

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Governor Sam Brownback and the Community Blood Center teamed up to draw more donors to give blood year round.

The Governor joined representatives from the Community Blood Center to issue a proclamation naming July 23rd Blood Donation Day for Kansas residents.

After the proclamation, Statehouse workers rolled up their sleeves to help save lives.

With college students on summer vacation and the need for "O" Negative Blood, a spokeswoman for the center says the summer months are critical for blood donations.

"O-negative is always critical and we find that 7% of the population have that blood type, so its the highest used type of blood and the lowest population of donors have that blood type. Of course right now in the summer months were looking for any type of blood and that O-negative is always critical levels in the summer," Lisa Keller, Marketing and Public Relations Consultant for Community Blood Centers.

Every 3.9 minutes someone receives a blood transfusion.