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Red Cross hosts annual Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive

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Many people were getting into the holiday spirit a little differently on Monday by donating blood at the Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive.

The annual blood drive through the Red Cross helps bolster the community blood supply during the summer months which is the most challenging time of the year for donations.

The Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive was held in Salem, Vancouver, and Portland.

FOX 12 spoke with one donor who said donating blood is an important thing she does every Fourth of July.

"I think it's just a really important easy way to help out your community and you are always hearing about different things that happen around the holidays with accidents, and you know, it's kind of a way to be there for other people," said Shay Nofsinger.

Those who donated blood on Monday got a special treat after; a Red Cross lunch bag, $10 gift card and an apple pie.

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