(Hyannis, August 1, 2018) Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital are in urgent need of blood donations. The hospitals must have at least one week’s worth of blood on hand at all times. Since each unit collected or purchased will only last between 35 to 42 days, it is a constant challenge to maintain sufficient supply. Numerous blood drives are being held across Cape Cod in August to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC). The majority of them will be held in the CCHC Blood Mobile, which is located in the parking lot of sponsoring businesses and organizations. All blood collected at CCHC Blood Drives stays on Cape Cod to help our families, friends and neighbors. All those who donate to a CCHC Blood Drive in the month of August will receive a complimentary movie pass. A special thanks to members of our area police departments who, during the months of July and August, will join in a friendly competition to see which department can donate the most blood for the Cape Cod community. Walk-ins are welcome at all CCHC blood drives. The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center at Cape Cod Hospital is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for whole blood and platelet donations. To make an appointment to donate blood, please visit www.capecodhealth.org/giveblood or call 508-86BLOOD. August 2018 CCHC Blood Drives • August 1: 12 noon to 6 p.m., Bass River Rod and Gun Club, Route 6A, Yarmouthport • August 2: 12:30 to 5 p.m., Battle of the Badges Truro Police, Truro Public Safety Facility, 344 Route 6, Truro • August 6: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Battle of the Badges Harwich Police, Harwich Police Department, 183 Sisson Road, Harwich • August 7: 11 .m. to 5 p.m., Battle of the Badges Orleans Police, Orleans Police Department, 90 South Orleans Road, Orleans • August 8: 12:30 to 5 p.m., Battle of the Badges Wellfleet Police, Wellfleet Police Department, 36 Gross Hill Road, Wellfleet • August 9: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Battle of the Badges Brewster Police, Brewster Police • August 13: 12 noon to 6 p.m., Christ the King Church, 3 Jobs Fishing Road, Mashpee • August 15: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cape Cod Hospital Blood Drive, Lorusso Conference Room, 21 Park Street, Hyannis • August 16: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Battle of the Badges Dennis Police, Dennis Police Department, 90 Bob Crowell Road, South Dennis • August 18: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cape and Islands First Aid/CPR, 32 Commercial Street, South Yarmouth • August 22: 12 noon to 6 p.m., 10 Williston Road, Sagamore Beach • August 23: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Woods Hole Science Aquarium, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole • August 24: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cotuit Federated Church, 40 School Street, Cotuit • August 27: 12 noon to 5:30 p.m., Falmouth Lions Club Blood Drive, Gus Canty Center, 790 Main Street, Falmouth • August 28: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Home Depot, 65 Independence Drive, Hyannis • August 29: 12:30 to 5 p.m., Seamen’s Bank, 4355 State Highway, North Eastham • August 30: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mid-Cape Home Centers, Main Street, Orleans Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,300 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org. Cape Cod Healthcare. Visit our health news site www.capecodhealthnews.com for the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news.