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Blood donations needed at local events

With summer right around the corner, the American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make giving blood as much a part of their summer plans as barbecues, ball games and road trips. Donors of all blood types are needed.

“Blood donations often decline during the summer when schools are out of session and families are vacationing,” said Daphne Mathew, communications director, Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. “But the need for blood is constant. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment now to roll up a sleeve and give patients a chance for hope this summer and throughout the year.”

The Red Cross provides blood to approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Each day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at these facilities.

Learn more and make an appointment to donate blood by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

n Hood River Community, May 27: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1-6:30 p.m. Contact Linda Frizzell at 541-352-6333 or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: HoodRiver

n The Dalles Community, May 28: St. Peter’s Parish Center, 12:30-6 p.m. Contact Linda Holcomb at 541-296-9322 or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: TheDallesComm

n White Salmon Community, May 28: Seventh-Day Adventist Church Community, 12:30-6 p.m. Contact Irene Hill at 509-493-1752 or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: WhiteSalmon

n Goldendale Community, May 29: Goldendale High School, 1-6 p.m. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Goldendale

n Stevenson Community, May 29: Stevenson High School, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Contact 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Stevenson

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or follow on Twitter at @RedCross.

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