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      12 reasons why you should give blood this summer

      Here’s a look at why the warm weather months are a crucial time to consider donating blood—and how just a few teaspoons can have a big impact on someone’s life.

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      Barbecues, beach time ... and blood donations?

      You heard right. Summer is a key time to consider giving blood because blood banks across the country tend to experience a drastic decline in donations when it gets hot, thanks to vacation schedules and the fact that many blood drives take place at schools that are closed for the summer break.

      That’s why donating right now is so important—and why Johnson & Johnson has made it a mission to help boost awareness of the need to give blood this time of year.

      In fact, in 1947, Johnson & Johnson helped set up the first blood bank for hospitals in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The company provided refrigerators to store the donations, and employees gave blood to help establish the initial supply. In 1954, the company established a formal employee blood donor program, which evolved into the program that’s in place today.

      Ever wonder how much of an impact a single donation could really make? We break it down—drop by drop.

      12 Reasons Why You Should Give Blood This Summer: Blood Donation Facts, Statistics, and More

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